Communicating Toxicogenomics Information To Nonexperts: A by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants, Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Informatio

Toxicogenomics, the research of the way genomes reply to publicity to toxicants, may well eventually carry the promise of detecting alterations within the expression of a person's genes if she or he is uncovered to those toxicants. because the know-how quickly develops, it's severe that scientists and the general public speak concerning the supplies and barriers of this new box. speaking technical details to the general public a few constructing technology might be hard, quite whilst the functions of that technology aren't but good understood.

Communicating Toxicogenomics details to Nonexperts is the precis of a workshop designed to think about options for speaking toxicogenomic info to the general public and different non- specialist audiences, particularly addressing the communique of a few key social, moral, and felony concerns concerning toxicogenomics and addressing how info concerning the social implications of toxicogenomics will be perceived via nonexperts.

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Html 24 Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts 80% of lung cancer, and tobacco is related to at least 30% of the other cancer deaths in the United States. Thus, the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States is tobacco use. An analysis of racial and ethnic differences in cancer outcomes finds that African Americans are more likely than persons of other racial and ethnic groups to die of eight types of cancers: pancreas, lung and bronchus, prostate, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, liver, and cervix.

Julie Downs, Carnegie Mellon University, discussed the use of mental models to assess systematically what kinds of information are needed by the public and then to create messages to meet those needs. The mental-models approach has five steps: design integrated assessments of all the possible variables involved in the issue based on information from topic experts; gather information from the chosen audience; identify gaps, misconceptions, and critical problems in the audience’s comprehension; develop interventions to correct problems (to present information relevant to decisions in a nonjudgmental tone); and evaluate the communication outcomes.

He described surveys conducted to gauge public understanding of the science of toxicology by analyzing the public’s reactions to the following questions: If you are exposed to a chemical in any way, are you going to suffer an adverse effect? Do you understand the concept of dose-response? The results indicate that most people will be overcautious in their responses. Most people believe that an adverse health effect is always the outcome of an exposure to a chemical, regardless of the dose. Scientific uncertainty about extrapolating from animal data to human response is underestimated by the public (Trumbo 2004).

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