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In April of 1970, both The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Houston and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston sponsored the symposium "Humanism in Medicine" that would help shape and give impetus to the new institute that would emerge at UTMB in 1973. This new institute would be dedicated to medicine and the humanities.

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Dr. Stephen Molldrem publishes article about social dimensions of pathogen genomics in BioSocieties

Apr 15, 2024, 14:52 PM by IBHH

On April 13, 2024, IBHH Assistant Professor Dr. Stephen Molldrem published an article in the journal BioSocieties. It is titled “What to do with the new molecular publics: the vernacularization of pathogen genomics and the future of infectious disease biosocialities.” The essay describes how the widespread use of pathogen genomic sequencing infrastructures in infectious disease control programs, paired with media coverage about genetic variants of pathogens in circulation, has led to the emergence of a novel socio-technical form, which he calls a “molecular public.” The article frames molecular publics as “as a useful analytic for social studies of infectious disease and a vector through which novel biosocialities mediated by pathogens can emerge.” This work builds on Dr. Molldrem’s research on the socio-technical, political-economic, and ethical implications of pathogen genomics on public health and society.

Full citation:  Molldrem, Stephen. “What to Do with the New Molecular Publics: The Vernacularization of Pathogen Genomics and the Future of Infectious Disease Biosocialities.” BioSocieties, April 13, 2024.

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