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CASTIEL, Luis David. Parabolic parables: predictive genetic testing, social constructions of risk, and the relation between health-care professionals and the mass media. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 1998, vol.5, n.2, pp.311-330. ISSN 0104-5970.

The article examines conceptual topics underlying construction of the "new public health" and epidemiology, particularly its molecular branch and the idea of genetic risk, in the face of issues raised by new technologies, globalization, today’s vast increase in communication strategies, and the weakening of identity links. Problems related to the creation of new interdisciplinary fields are also considered, such as epidemiology and molecular genetics. The repercussions of the social communication of genetic contents (especially predictive genetic testing and the cloning of mammals) are also analyzed.

Keywords : genetic risk; molecular epidemiology; predictive testing; public communication of genetic information.

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