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Public discourses of stem cell science in Singapore (1997–2010)

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In most industrialized countries, policy debates around stem cell science manifest in public discourse. Assuming that a functioning public sphere exists where matters of science policy can be discussed, examination of these discourses can help provide an understanding of how science policies evolve. The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary analysis of how the public discourses around stem cell science have developed in Singapore. Using a theoretical model of “focused discourse,” our analysis indicates that there have been five distinct phases, marked by discernible shifts that reflect important changes in how biomedical science is funded in Singapore. While our results are preliminary, we argue that public discourses around science policies do exist in Singapore but are limited by a lack of diversity that would be expected in a more heterogeneous public sphere.
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Keywords: Singapore; public discourse; stem cell research

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre for Biomedical Ethics,National University of Singapore, Dean's Office, Yong Loo Lin School of MedicineSingapore,

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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