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Genetic Crossroads
November 15th, 2006

bullet October 27, Seattle, WA: CGS project director Osagie Obasogie spoke at a Seattle University conference entitled Who Owns Nature? BioProspecting, BioTechnology, and Indigenous People's Rights. Drawing connections between biotechnology's relationship to indigenous communities and to other peoples of color, Osagie's talk focused on the racial impact of the Institute of Medicine's recent proposal to increase the use of prisoners-who are disproportionately Black and Latino-in clinical trials.

bullet November 5-8, Boston, MA: CGS project director Emily Galpern moderated a panel called Reproductive Justice in the Gene Age at this year's annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Other speakers on the panel were Marsha Darling (Adelphi University), Adrienne Asch (Yeshiva University), Elana Hayasaka (Our Bodies Ourselves), and Jessica Arons (Center for American Progress). The panel provided an overview of new and emerging reproductive technologies, problematized the use of technologies to select the characteristics of children, presented health and medical issues related to egg retrieval, and described the contrasts between using a traditional "choice" model and a reproductive justice model to analyze reproductive rights questions raised by these new technologies. Emily also spoke on a panel entitled The Intersection of Public Health and Human Rights in AAPI Communities. Other panelists were Gilbert Gee (University of Michigan), Thu Quach, (Northern California Cancer Center), Julia Liou (Asian Health Services), and Courtney Chappell (National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum). As part of the Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health Section of APHA, Emily launched a new task force called "Emerging Reproductive Technologies."


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