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  3. The Human Genre Project

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Professor Ruth Chadwick

Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University and Director of Cesagen


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Ruth Chadwick is Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen): a Lancaster-Cardiff collaboration. She holds a Link Chair at Cardiff University between the Law School and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP). She has co-ordinated a number of projects funded by the European Commission, including the EUROSCREEN projects (1994-6; 1996-9) and co-edits the journal Bioethics and the online journal Genomics, Society and Policy. She is Chair of the Human Genome Organisation Ethics Committee, a member of the Advisory Committee of the UK National Stem Cell Network; and has served as a member of several policy-making and advisory bodies, including the Panel of Eminent Ethical Experts of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the UK Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP). She was editor-in-chief of the award winning Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (1998), of which a second edition is now being prepared. She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Hastings Center, New York; of the Royal Society of Arts; and of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2005 she was the winner of the World Technology Network Award for Ethics for her work on the relationship between scientific developments and ethical frameworks.


  • Co-editor of journal Bioethics - available here
  • Editor of online journal Genomics, Society and Policy - available here


Recent Journal Articles:

Chadwick, R. (2010) 'What is 'applied' in applied ethics?', Applied Ethics and Philosophy, pp 1-7

Chadwick, R. (2010) 'Gender and the human genome', Mens Sana Monographs, 1 (7), pp 10-19. DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.44075 PDF

Chadwick, R. (2010) 'Professional Ethics and Scientific Behavioural Norms', Xinhua Digest, 22 (5)

Strange, H. and Chadwick, R. (2010) 'The Ethics of Nonmedical Sex Selection', Health Care Analysis, 18, pp 252-266, DOI: 10.1007/s10728-009-0135-y

Shahida, Z., Ramarajan, A., Qui, R., Raucher, M., Chadwick, R. and Nossier, A. 'Sexual rights and gender roles in a religious context', International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 2010; 106(2): 151-155 PDF

Lunshof, J., Chadwick, R., Vorhaus, D., and Church, G. (2008) 'From genetic privacy to open consent', Nature Reviews Genetics, vol. 9, pp 406-411

Lunshof, J., Chadwick, R. and Church, G. (2008) 'Hippocrates revisited? Old ideals and new realities', Genomic Medicine, vol. 2, pp 1-3

Recent Book Chapters:

Chadwick, R. (2010) ‘Nutrigenomics and statistical power: the ethics of genetically informed nutritional advice’ in D. Bagchi et al., Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics in Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 23-33

Ruth Chadwick e Sarah Wilson (2010) ‘I database genomici: Un bene pubblico globale’ in Antonio Marturano (Editor) Il Corpo Digitale: natura, informazione, merce G.Giappichelli, Torino ISBN 978-88-348-1518-2

Chadwick, R. (2009) 'Harmonisation and standardisation in ethics and governance: conceptual and practical challenges' in Widdows, H. and Mullen, C. (eds) The Governance of Genetic Information: Who Decides?: Cambridge: CUP: 201-213

Chadwick, R. (2009) 'Nutrigenomics' in Atkinson, P., Glasner, P., Lock, M. (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era: London: Routledge: 94-103

Chadwick, R. (2009) 'Gene Therapy' in Kuhse, H. and Singer, P. (eds) A Companion to Bioethics (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)

Chadwick, R. (2009) 'Bioethics and Genetics - Introduction' in Atkinson, P., Glasner, P., Lock, M. (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society: London: Routledge: 321-323

Professor Chadwick has published 16 books as author or editor, including the award-winning Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (San Diego: Academic Press, 1998).