The Bioscience Resource Project has identified seminal publications for scientists, educators, and others who wish to gain a deeper understanding of (1) the latest scientific understanding in specific areas and (2) how politics impact the ability of science to serve the public interest. Our resource pages on Agriculture, Biotechnology, (Un)healthy food and food systems, Human Genetic Predispositions: the hidden politics of genomic science, and Health and Environment provide content summaries and links to selected articles and websites. The Public Interest Science and Scientists page addresses the impact of scientific assumptions, personal bias, conflicts of interest, and patents on the scientific process. Discussion of these and other important yet controversial scientific issues are often avoided in the scientific community, much to the detriment of society and science itself.
These resource pages are continually updated.
April 2014 Update: The BSR website Resource Pages are in the process of being re-designed. In addition, several new topics will soon be added. To see the new format we suggest you visit Human Genetic Predispositions – the hidden politics of genomic science, the first of the BSR resource pages to appear in the new format.
In the future all resource pages will start with a short introduction that explains why the topic was chosen and why the resources provided are “essential reading” to fully understand the science and politics behind that topic. The resources (papers, books, and websites) will be organized under subheadings which are highlighted in the introduction. The full citation for each item will be included, as will a short summary of key points. Links to the PDF file or webpage of the resource will be given whenever possible. Occasionally author websites are also linked to, when they provide other relevant resources.
We hope these new features will make the resources pages even more useful to our website readers. We also hope the new format will enable these valuable yet often under-referenced resources to have the impact on policy, debate, and scientific understanding that their high quality and importance deserve.