Building the Future through Collecting and Using Genomic Data – Case of Finland
In biobanking and in the strategy work by the state the national population is framed as a source of value through vast amounts of register data and samples available for research use. However, even though Finnish population is often framed as a valuable source of genetic information due to its homogeneity, the “populations” in biomedical research of today are not necessarily the same as national populations. In the presentation I will analyse how this tension illustrates well the way visions of the future in relation to usage of genomic data are built in Finnish society. Theoretically I will utilize the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries. The presentation is based on i.e. 41 interviews, fieldnotes from 20 biobank- or biomedicine related seminars and policy documents collected widely from the field of biobanking and biomedicine in Finland.