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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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Conclusion: What Might Biosensing Do?

Conclusion: What Might Biosensing Do?

(p.151) Conclusion: What Might Biosensing Do?
Living Data

Celia Roberts

Adrian Mackenzie

Maggie Mort

Theresa Atkinson

Mette Kragh-Furbo

Joann Wilkinson

Policy Press

Biosensing in all its forms has strong connections to the promise-horizon of the ‘soon.’ But stories of failure, disappointment and limitation abound. We need to bring the body – or the bio in all its senses – full centre when discussing biosensing platforms. Moving across the life course - from childhood, through the so-called ‘reproductive years’ into older age, we have highlighted the significance of geographical, historical and social location. Biosensing may be about health for many people but as yet has little to do with biomedicine. Yet it has the potential to change human bodies and lives, in barely imagined ways. Policy makers and practitioners of all kinds could do well to devote time and resources to listening to and engaging with ‘the word on the street,’ as filtered through social science. People of all ages and backgrounds are thinking about, using and/or encountering biosensing, and they have much to say about it.

Keywords:   promissory, biosensing, failure, bodies, platforms, policy, data, self-tracking

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