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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants, Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Informatio

Toxicogenomics, the research of the way genomes reply to publicity to toxicants, may perhaps finally carry the promise of detecting alterations within the expression of a person's genes if she or he is uncovered to those toxicants. because the expertise swiftly develops, it really is serious that scientists and the general public speak in regards to the gives you and obstacles of this new box. speaking technical details to the general public a couple of constructing technology will be hard, relatively while the purposes of that technology aren't but good understood.

Communicating Toxicogenomics info to Nonexperts is the precis of a workshop designed to contemplate options for speaking toxicogenomic info to the general public and different non- professional audiences, in particular addressing the communique of a few key social, moral, and felony concerns concerning toxicogenomics and addressing how details concerning the social implications of toxicogenomics should be perceived by way of nonexperts.

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The sciences of toxicology and risk assessment have emerged to improve detection of harmful chemicals. According to Mr. Ropeik, research has determined that much of the public is excessively health protective in its assessment of the toxic effects of chemicals. Public reactions to questions about toxicity usually yield a dichotomous response: a substance is considered either good or bad. That response highlights two common misconceptions that the public has about toxicology: dose confusion, a prominent misconception that any chemical that is harmful to human health is harmful at any dose; and the usefulness of animal data to infer human toxic responses—that is, the public is often overconfident about the utility of extrapolating accurately from an animal’s response to a toxicant to a human’s response to the same toxicant.

However, because the message has been designed to help “control” adolescents’ behavior, but is not intended to inform them, the messages given to them may not address the information gaps they have about risky sexual behaviors. When designing riskcommunication strategies, the risk communicator should know what information the audience lacks and what information the audience would want and need to know to make the best decisions. The risk communicator should not try to control behavior through a specific but limited message.

Demers. 1999. Mass media from a macrosocial perspective. Pp. P. Demers, and K Viswanath, eds. Ames: Iowa State University Press. K. Hammitt. 2001. Perceived risks of conventional and organic produce: Pesticides, pathogens, and natural toxins. Risk Anal. 21(2): 319-330. Witte, K. 1994. Fear control and danger control: A test of the extended parallel process model (EPPM). Commun. Monogr. 61(2):113-134. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html Appendix A STATEMENT OF TASK Major Unit: Division on Earth and Life Studies Division, Office, or Board: Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Board on Life Sciences Subject Committee: Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts: A Workshop Staff Officer Name: Roberta Wedge (BEST), Marilee SheltonDavenport (BLS) Statement of Task: An ad hoc committee will be appointed under the auspices of the standing Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants to plan a 1-2 day workshop on communicating toxicogenomics information.

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