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Research Profile

Dr Michael Arribas Ayllon  

Dr Michael Arribas-Aullon
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75390
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Address:1.06 Glamorgan Building

Research Interests

Michael’s current research interests are oriented to three overlapping themes:

The politics of genetic responsibility: Advances in molecular genetics have not only expanded the domain of screening, testing and prevention but have generated new tensions and dilemmas regarding the management of genetic risk. In addition to creating persons who are ‘genetically at risk’, genetic technologies are shaping new rights and responsibilities and informing new practices of identification. To what extent are these technologies a continuation of advanced liberal rationalities? What kind of relations between experts and clients do they enjoin? What forms of citizenship, community and subjectivity do they engender? And to what extent does genetic knowledge transform what it means to be human?

The micropolitics of genetic testing: The increasing availability of genetic testing is shaping the ways in which medical information is communicated in the clinic. Given that the ‘new genetics’ is a science of contingency and genetic counselling is the art of managing and interpreting contingency, how do we understand the relations between experts and genetically at risk clients? What micro-techniques do experts employ to facilitate autonomy and transfer genetic responsibility? How do clients make sense of and respond to uncertain and complex risk information? What effect does genetic information have on practical family relations?

The promise of personalised medicine: A related issue is that advances in molecular genetics are rapidly converging with information technologies and thus promising greater personalisation of medical knowledge. At present, the hype surrounding ‘personalised medicine’ introduces new opportunities and tensions that resonate with neoliberal models of health consumerism. Will the new biology deliver a truly personalised medicine? Will genetic technologies revolutionise healthcare? How does personalised medicine differ from other kinds of medical utopias? What forms of community, citizenship and subjectivity are currently taking shape around these promises of individualised healthcare?