Pastoral practices and the pursuit of genetic knowledge

In negotiating the gap between knowledge and care in predictive medicine, Novas and Rose point to the growth of new kinds of ethical/medical practices, which they term 'pastoral' (2000). The first half of this chapter examines these pastoral dimensions in relation to clinical breast cancer genetics and the way they are used to configure ideas of 'care' in terms of 'the future' and 'the family'. It illustrates how 'care work' not only shores up the 'gaps' in predictive medicine but also shapes and informs these spaces in specific ways.

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