Talletuksia tulevaan elämään. Molekyylilääketieteen poliittinen talous

Deposits on Future Life. The Political Economy of Molecular Medicine

The paper presents a few observations of political aspects of biobanks and molecular medicine in general. It is argued that the biobanks epitomise the promissory character of today's high-tech medicine, since the collected tissue samples and the health and genomic information stored in da­tabases stand for potentials of both life itself and of medical technology. Starting by this premise, relationship of the bio­banks and personalised medicine is discussed, as well as the role of biobanks and the expectations of molecular medicine in the making of both public health policy and innovation policy. 

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