Genetics & Health
Voices of Modern Biomedicine;Volume 2
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The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group originated in 1990 as the Wellcome Trust’s History of Twentieth Century Medicine Group, which in October 2000 became a part of the Wellcome Trust’s Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. From October 2010 until June 2017 it was a part of the School of History, Queen Mary University of London, principally funded by a Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust. Throughout that period, the remit of the Group has been to develop and strengthen links between medical historians, and medical scientists, and practitioners, and to stimulate and expedite the historical study of contemporary biomedicine, especially by creating material resources to inform such studies. These have included the famous Witness Seminar series, widely available freely online and in print, and more recently a series of in-depth individual interviews. The History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection), curated by Professor Tilli Tansey, Mr Adam Wilkinson, Mr Alan Yabsley, and Dr Apostolos Zarros, comprises these interviews. The Collection has been deposited in Queen Mary Research Online (QMRO), the online repository of Queen Mary University of London. The material has been linked to Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and can be cited. The History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection) contains approximately 700 items including audio and video interview transcripts (as .pdf files), and video interview media files (as .mp4 files; video clips corresponding to the video interview transcripts archived). In addition, each interview entry includes a ‘How to cite’ file (.docx file) that acts as a guide on how to cite each item. Readers should note that video interview transcripts deposited there are edited for clarity and factual accuracy, following the principles of oral history methodology. However, the Collection’s audio interview transcripts are in most cases subject to enrichment by the interviewee and further editing. Related material has been deposited in the Wellcome Library. We now present a further edited selection from that Collection. This, the second of a three volume series of ‘Voices of Modern Biomedicine’, focusses on genetics and health. Sections have been selected and edited to highlight the broad features of each interviewee’s career and contributions, and much detail has been omitted. Readers wanting to learn more are encouraged to read the full interview and other material listed in the ‘Related resources’ section at the end of the volume.