The limits of responsible innovation: Exploring care, vulnerability and precision medicine

Anne Kerr, Rosemary Lucy Hill, Christopher Till

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Drawing on insights from feminist and Science and Technology Studies writing on care and vulnerability, this paper will critically explore conceptualisations of responsibility, care and vulnerability in relation to contemporary approaches to Responsible Innovation (RI). Drawing on examples of some of the social and ethical challenges of precision medicine, we highlight the on-going, distributed and complex nature of innovation and responsibilities in relation to markets, patient and carer experience and data practices associated with these new technologies to highlight some of the limits of RI. We end by reflecting on the implications of our analysis for the social and ethical challenges of precision medicine and RI more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalTechnology in Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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