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Exposed ScienceGenes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health$
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Sara Shostak

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275171

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275171.001.0001

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“Opening the Black Box of the Human Body”

“Opening the Black Box of the Human Body”

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Sara Shostak

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275171.003.0005

Chapter 4 traces the emergence of molecular epidemiological research. It begins with a brief history of how scientists and engineers have conceptualized and measured the environment, both in the field and in the lab. It then describes how environmental epidemiologists pioneered the development of molecular biomarkersas a response to the unique challenges facing twentieth-century environmental epidemiologists. The chapterconcludes with a case study of Midway Village, California, where residents of a public housing project submitted blood samples for chromosomal analysis as part of their efforts to prove that environmental pollutants in the soil under their homes are making them sick.

Keywords:   molecular epidemiology, field studies, biomarkers, measurement, environmental epidemiology, Midway Village

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