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What Is New about the Exposome? Exploring Scientific Change in Contemporary Epidemiology

Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz University Hannover, Im Moore 21, 30167 Hannover, Germany
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(8), 2879; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082879
Received: 21 February 2020 / Revised: 2 April 2020 / Accepted: 7 April 2020 / Published: 22 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Exposome: State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives)
In this commentary, I discuss the scientific changes brought by the exposome, asking what is new about this approach and line of research. I place the exposome in a historical perspective, by analyzing the conditions under which the exposome has been conceived, developed and established in the context of contemporary epidemiological research. I argue that the exposome has been developed by transferring approaches, methods and conceptualizations from other lines of research in the life and health sciences. I thus discuss the conceptual and methodological innovations of the exposome as a result of the merging and adaptation of these elements for new uses and purposes. On this basis, I argue that the novelty of the exposome should be seen in incremental rather than revolutionary terms and, in this sense, the exposome shares significant elements with other projects and repertoires in postgenomics. I conclude by discussing the consequences of this analysis for the potential limitations and future development of exposome research. View Full-Text
Keywords: exposome; scientific change; postgenomics; scientific epistemology exposome; scientific change; postgenomics; scientific epistemology
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Canali, S. What Is New about the Exposome? Exploring Scientific Change in Contemporary Epidemiology. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2879.

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