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Living DataMaking Sense of Health Bio-Sensing$
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Maggie Mort, Celia Roberts, and Adrian Mackenzie

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348665

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348665.001.0001

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Introduction: What Does Biosensing Do?

Introduction: What Does Biosensing Do?

(p.1) Introduction: What Does Biosensing Do?
Living Data

Celia Roberts

Adrian Mackenzie

Maggie Mort

Theresa Atkinson

Mette Kragh-Furbo

Joann Wilkinson

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Biosensor devices and biosensing practices emerge where health experience, scientific and medical knowledges and online platforms meet. In a synoptic discussion, we map some of these meetings and introduce the approach to health biosensing followed in this book. Our approach questions pervasive elementary assumptions about bodies, time and measurement. It expands to include a gamut of biosensings by comparing experiences of different life events, ranging from conception to ageing.  We flag some of the significant institutional and regulatory problems in aligning scientific and clinical knowledges around biosensors. And we describe the volatile mixing of devices, data science, marketing and social networks on contemporary health platforms in terms of the cultural logics of biosensing.

Keywords:   biosensor, biosensing, platform, body, health, data

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