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Dr. Ruth McNally

Cesagen Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications

BSc Hons Genetics (Nottingham); PGCE (Nottingham); MA Socio-Legal Studies (Brunel); PhD Science and Technology Studies (UWE)

Telephone

+44 (0) 7738942898

Email

r.mcnally@lancaster.ac.uk

Room

D13

Building

FASS Building, County South

Biography

Dr. McNally's research is on social studies of the biosciences. She has published four books and undertaken research on forensic genomics, animal genetic engineering, biopatenting, environmental release of genetically modified organisms, and UK law on abortion for risk of handicap. She was Director of Bio-Information (International) Limited, and a consultant to Derwent on indexing biopatents before returning to academia to work at Brunel, Cardiff and then Lancaster Universities. She is an editorial board member of New Genetics and Society and Genomics, Society and Policy; and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the BBSRC Genome Analysis Centre. She is co-leader of Cesagen's Research Theme: and co-Director of Cesagen's .

Current / Recent Projects

CaTalyST (Citizens Transforming Society: Tools for Change)

Publications

Recent papers, posters and reports

Hui, A. and McNally, R. 2011. Profiling ProteomeXchange with PROTEE. Poster at the HUPO 10th World Congress, Geneva, Switzerland (4-7 September).

Hui, A. and McNally, R. 2011. ProteomeXchange: An analysis from a social science perspective using PROTEE. Poster at the 8th British Society for Proteome Research - European Bioinformatics Institute Meeting, Cambridge, UK (12-14 July).

Mackenzie, A., McNally, R., Tomomitsu, J. and Hui, A. 2011. Understanding the 'intensive' in 'data intensive': Data flows in Next Generation Sequencing and Environmental Networked Sensors. International Journal of Digital Curation. Under review.

Mackenzie, A., McNally, R., Tomomitsu, J. and Hui, A. 2011. Data flows in genomic and environmental science. Final Report on mini-theme at e-Science Institute .

Mackenzie, A. and McNally, R. 2011. Protean proteins: methods in pursuit of identity and difference. Theory, Culture and Society. Under review.

Mackenzie, A., Waterton, C., Ellis, R. and McNally, R. 2011. Bringing standards to life in contemporary biology. Science, Technology and Human Values. Under review.

McNally, R. 2011. Will the real public please stand up! Proteomics perspectives on 'issue-network theory'. Science as Culture. Under review.

Valve, H. and McNally, R. 2011. Articulating scientific policy advice with PROTEE. Science, Technology and Human Values. Under review.

Valve, H., McNally, R. and Pappinen, A. 2010. Doing research, creating impact: using PROTEE to learn from a genetically modified field trial. Science and Public Policy, 37(5): 369-79.

Books

Lynch M., Cole S., McNally, R. and Jordan K., 2008. Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1995. Animal Genetic Engineering: Of Pigs, Oncomice and Men. London: Pluto Press

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1990. The Bio-Revolution: Cornucopia or Pandora’s Box? London: Pluto Press

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1988. Genetic Engineering: Catastrophe or Utopia? Brighton: Harvester-Wheatsheaf Books

Other publications (arranged by topic under: PROTEEa>; Forensic genomics; Proteomics and standards; Giddens, biopatents, bioethics & bio-industrial complex; Deliberate release and fox rabies vaccine; Eugenics and eubionics)

PROTEE

Valve, H. and McNally, R. 2011. Articulating scientific policy advice with PROTEE. Science, Technology and Human Values. Under review.

Valve, H., McNally, R. and Pappinen, A. 2010. Doing research, creating impact: using PROTEE to learn from a genetically modified field trial. Science and Public Policy, 37(5): 369-79.

McNally, R. and Woolgar, S. 1999. Learning from the Retrospective Case Studies: A Synthesis of Lessons for the PROTEE Instrument, PROTEE Final Report D5.1 , European Commission, Framework 4, Transport Programme Contract N°ST-97-SC.2093.

McNally, R. and Sondermann, U. 1999. PROTEE as Socio-Techno Therapy: Case Study on the Krupp Fast Handling System, PROTEE Final Report D3.2 Krupp FHS , European Commission, Framework 4, Transport Programme Contract N°ST-97-SC.2093.

Forensic genomics

Lynch, M., Cole, S., McNally, R. and Jordan, K. 2009. Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting. University of Chicago Press.

McNally Response to HGC Consultation on National DNA Database Response to Human Genetics Commission Public Consultation. 2008.

Lynch, M. and McNally, R. 2009. Forensic DNA databases: The co-production of law and surveillance technology in: P. Atkinson, P. Glasner, M. Lock (eds). Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomics Era, 283-301. Routledge.

Lynch, M. and McNally, R. 2006. Encadenando a un monstruo: La produccion de representaciones en un campu impuro. Convergenecia : Revista de Ciencias Sociales. Vol. 13 (42), Sept – Dec: 15-45.

Lynch, M. and McNally, R. 2005. "Science", "sens commun" et preuve ADN: une controverse judiciaire a propos de la comprehension publique de la science. Droit et Societe, Issue 61, 655 – 681.

Lynch, M. and McNally, R. 2005. Chains of Custody: Visualization, Representation and Accountability in the Processing of Forensic DNA Evidence. Communication and Cognition, 38, 3-4, 297-318

Lynch, M. and McNally, R. 2003. Science, “Common Sense” and DNA Evidence: A Legal Controversy about the Public Understanding of Science. Public Understanding of Science, vol. 12, 83-103

Lynch, M., McNally R. and Daly, P., 2002. Le tribunal: Fragile espace de la preuve. La Recherche Hors - Serie No. 8, 108-113

Lynch, M. and McNally, R. 1999. Science, common sense and common law: Courtroom inquiries and the public understanding of science. Social Epistemology, vol. 13, no. 2, 183-196 Lynch, M, and McNally, R. 1999. DNA evidence and probability: A situated controversy, in Klaus Amann (ed.), Nature and Culture: Genetic Engineering and the Inexorable Dissolution of a Modern Distinction, Deutsche Hygiene Museum & University of Bielefeld

Lynch, M. and McNally, R. 1999. Aprisonando um monstro: a producao de represtacoes num campo impuro [Enchaining a monster: The production of representations in a pure field], in Fernando Gil (ed.) A Ciencia Tal Qual se Faz (Lisbon: Ministerio da Ciencia e da Tecnologia, Ciencia Viva), 159-186. Translated and published in Spanish.

Proteomics and standards

Mackenzie, A. and McNally, R. 2011. Protean proteins: methods in pursuit of identity and difference. Theory, Culture and Society. Under review.

Mackenzie, A., Waterton, C., Ellis, R. and McNally, R. 2011. Bringing standards to life in contemporary biology. Science, Technology and Human Values. Under review.

McNally, R. 2011. Will the real public please stand up! Proteomics perspectives on 'issue-network theory'. Science as Culture. Under review.

Valve, H. and McNally, R. 2011. Articulating scientific policy advice with PROTEE. Science, Technology and Human Values. Under review.

Taylor, C., Field, D., Sansone, S.-A., Apweiler, R., Ashburner, M., Ball, C., Binz, P.-A., Brazma, A., Brinkman, R., Deutsch, E., Fiehn, O., Fostel, J., Ghazal, P., Grimes, G., Hardy, N., Hermjakob, H., Julian, R., Kuiper, M., Le Novère, N., Leebens-Mack, J., Lewis, S., McNally, R., Morrison, N., Paton, N., Quackenbush, J., Robertson, D., Rocca-Serra, P., Smith, B., Snape, J. and Wiemann, S. 2008. Promoting coherent minimum reporting requirements for biological and biomedical investigations: The MIBBI Project. Nature Biotech. Vol. 26 (8) (Aug) 889-896.

McNally, R. 2008. ”Sociomics”: Cesagen multidisciplinary workshop on the transformation of knowledge production in the biosciences, and its consequences. Proteomics, Jan 8(2): 222-224.

McNally, R. and Glasner, P. 2007. Survival of the gene? Twenty-first century visions from genomics, proteomics and the new biology. In P. Atkinson, P. Glasner & H. Greenslade (eds). New Genetics, New Social Formations, 253-278. Routledge.

Orchard S., Apweiler R., Barkovich R., Field D., Garavelli J.S., Horn D., Jones A., Jones P., Julian R., McNally R., Nerothin J., Paton N., Pizarro A., Seymour S., Taylor C., Wiemann S., Hermjakob H. , 2006. Proteomics and Beyond A report on the 3(rd) Annual Spring Workshop of the HUPO-PSI 21-23 April 2006, San Francisco, CA, USA. Proteomics 6(16): 4439-4443

McNally, R. 2005. Sociomics! Using the “IssueCrawler” to Map, Monitor and Engage with the Global Proteomics Research Network. Proteomics, (August), 3010-3016.

Giddens, biopatents, bioethics & the 'bio-industrial complex'

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 2003. A synoptic survey of the bioethics of human genome research. International Journal of Biotechnology, Vol 5, No 1, 21-37. McNally, R. and Wheale, P. 2001. Environmental and medical bioethics in late modernity: Giddens, genetic engineering and the post-modern state in Chris Bryant & David Jary (eds) The Contemporary Giddens: Social Theory in a Globalising Age, Chapter 4. Macmillan

McNally, R. and Wheale, P. , 1999. Bio-patenting and innovation: Nomads of the present and a new global order. in P. O’Mahony (ed.), Nature, Risk and Responsibility: Discourses of Biotechnology, 148-165. Macmillan.

McNally, R. and Wheale, P. 1998. The consequences of modern genetic engineering: Patents, ‘nomads’ & the ‘bio-industrial complex’ in P. Wheale, R. von Schomberg & P. Glasner (eds), The Social Management of Genetic Engineering, 303-26. Aldershot: Ashgate

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1998. The social management of genetic engineering: An introduction in P. Wheale, R. von Schomberg & P. Glasner (eds), The Social Management of Genetic Engineering, 1-28. Aldershot: Ashgate

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1997. Patent pa liv og biodiversitet Global Okologi, Nr. 1, Feb: 3-9

McNally, R. and Wheale, P. 1996. Bio-patenting & biodiversity: Comparative advantages in a new global order The Ecologist, vol. 26, no. 5, Sept/Oct: 222-8

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1996. On how the people can become ‘The Prince’: Machiavellian advice to NGOs on GMOs. in A. van Dommelen (ed.), Coping with Deliberate Release: The Limits of Risk Assessment, 177-94. Tilburg & Buenos Aires: Int’l Centre for Human & Public Affairs

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1995. Genetic engineering, bioethics & radicalised modernity in R. von Schomberg (ed.), Contested Technology: Ethics, Risk & Public Debate, 29-49. Tilburg & Buenos Aires: Int’l Centre for Human & Public Affairs

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1994. Environmental and medical bioethics in late modernity: Giddens, genetic engineering and the post-modern state. in R. Attfield & A. Belsey (eds), Philosophy & the Natural Environment, 211-226. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 36, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1994. What bugs genetic engineers about bioethics in A. Dyson & John. Harris (eds), Ethics & Biotechnology, 179-201. Routledge

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1993. Biotechnology policy in Europe: A critical evaluation of the Bangemann Communication. Science & Public Policy, vol. 20, no. 4, Aug: 261-279

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1986. Patent trend analysis: The case of genetic engineering Futures, October: 638-57

Deliberate release and fox rabies vaccine

McNally, R. 2000. Strategic use of “risk” in gene technology: The European rabies eradication programme in Barbara Adam, Ulrich Beck & Joost van Loon (eds) The Risk Society & Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory, 112-118. London: Sage

McNally, R. 1997. Sheer madness: The European rabies eradication programme The Splice of Life, vol. 3, no. 4, Feb: 11-12

McNally R. 1996. Political problems, genetically engineered solutions: Socio-technical translations of fox rabies in A. van Dommelen (ed.), Coping with Deliberate Release: The Limits of Risk Assessment, 103-119. Tilburg & Buenos Aires: Int’l Centre for Human & Public Affairs

McNally, R. 1994. Genetic madness: Fox rabies eradication. The Ecologist. Vol. 24, no. 6, 207-212

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1990. Genetic engineering and environmental protection: A framework for regulatory evaluation. Project Appraisal, vol. 5, no. 1, March: 1-16

Wheale, P. and McNally, R. 1989. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? How should we regulate the release of genetically engineered organisms? Rivista Giuridico Dell’Ambiente.

Eugenics and eubionics

McNally, R. 2004. Post-Eugenics, “Eubionics” & the Handicap Ground for Abortion. Published in July: Wellcome Trust Website

McNally, R. 1998. Eugenics here and now? in P. Glasner & H. Rothman (eds) Genetic Imaginations: Ethical, Legal & Social Issues in Human Genome Research, 69-82. Aldershot: Ashgate

McNally, R. 1995. Eugenics here and now. The Genetic Engineer & Biotechnologist, vol. 15, nos 2&3, 135-44

Wheale, P. and McNally R. 1988. Technology assessment of a gene therapy. Project Appraisal, vol. 3, no. 4, Dec: 199-204

Research Interests

Her current research is on the phenomenon of digital data, with a particular focus on proteomics, . She is also interested in research methods and their performativity, both in the biosciences and in the social sciences that study them. She coined the word 'sociomics' to denote a shift to post-ELSI engagements and encounters with genomics and related fields, and explores the possibilities and implications of this for social science analysis and explanation. This research agenda is at the core of Cesagen's . In addition to analysing and experimenting with digital methods, she is also undertaking research with , an STS 'tool' for the management of radical innovation projects.