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The contemporary development of next generation sequencing (NGS) of the genome, along with the possibility to manage massive amounts of data on patients, is profoundly transforming public health. It poses new problems related to patients’ privacy, medical data access and sharing, and finally healthcare government.
Epidapo (Epigenetics, Data, Politics) proposes to investigate the mechanisms by which data sets are added to data sets, as if there were no limit to this additivity of information on patients, when it used to be so difficult, often impossible, to standardize or integrate different data coming from different systems or organizations. We want to understand how a setting very close to “big data”, usually associated with the internet and consumer knowledge, is formatted and transforms biomedicine. One of our main foci is the development of the new field of epigenetics, that inherently mixes genomic data with environmental surveys and many other data resources. We finally explore the political consequences of this new kinds of data on the healthcare system and its modes of government.
Epidapo (Epigenetics, Data, Politics), a joint unit of the the French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and UCLA, located within the latter, and housing social and life scientists, proposes to study the UDN from a sociological point of view. Our approach will synergize questions coming from Sociology and Science and Technology Study, with innovative research methods, and a group of world class experts.