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Genetic Crossroads
February 7th, 2008

Here are some of the recent posts from CGS' blog, Biopolitical Times. We invite you to add Biopolitical Times to your Internet routines or RSS reader, and to weigh in with your own comments.

Nature Biotech reports CGS skepticism about IRBs-for-hire
by Marcy Darnovsky
February 5th, 2008
An article published in Nature Biotech last September quotes CGS's Osagie Obasogie's concerns about private IRBs.

Those who don't know (recent) history
by Jesse Reynolds
January 31st, 2008
The leaders of the New York stem cell research program seem to have not learned lessons from the California experience.

The New Republic Asks Whether Baseball is Already Losing the Next Doping Battle
by Osagie Obasogie
January 29th, 2008
The New Republic blog has shifted the focus of baseball's scrutiny from past to future by asking whether the sport is already losing the next big doping battle.

Synbio researcher: Synthetic human genome could be used in cloning by 2014
by Marcy Darnovsky
January 24th, 2008
There has been no meaningful or inclusive discussion on how to govern synthetic biology in a safe and just way.

Financial analysts' advice on California stem cell research
by Marcy Darnovsky
January 24th, 2008
Informed by the work of the Center for Genetics and Society, an editorial in a national business journal advises California to rethink $3 billion for stem cell research.

700 and Counting
by Osagie Obasogie
January 22nd, 2008
Is PhRMA laying the foundation for race specificity to become the fallback plan whenever a drug's FDA approval for the general population falters?

What to Expect in '08: The Business of Baby-Making
by Marcy Darnovsky
January 21st, 2008
What next for the notoriously under-regulated and highly lucrative assisted reproduction industry?

What to Expect in '08: Stem Cell Research
by Jesse Reynolds
January 19th, 2008
Prognostication is a risky endeavor, but we can't resist making a few general predictions about the world of stem cell research.

Transhumanists as Nihilists
by Jesse Reynolds
January 16th, 2008
The World Transhumanist Association's survey of its members surprised me with what amounts to, at the very least, an acknowledgment of the limitations of the organization's philosophy.

Update: Mooney on the Office of Technology Assessment
by Jesse Reynolds
January 14th, 2008
A couple months ago, I wrote about presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton and her reference to reviving the Office of Technology Assessment. Chris Mooney provides an update for the Center for American Progress, and his outlook is not optimistic.

Yamanaka: Non-scientists Should Oversee Stem Cell Research
by Jesse Reynolds
December 17th, 2007
In a new interview, Shinya Yamanaka touched on the need for oversight of stem cell research, and emphasized that non-scientists need to take the lead in deciding what's acceptable.


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