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Genetic Crossroads
August 21st, 2008

Here are some additional 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.

Discover magazine sets a new bar for puffery
by Jesse Reynolds
An interview with Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology in the latest issue of Discover sets a new standard for "puff piece."

Questions for Egg Donors
by Marcy Darnovsky
A non-profit organization is trying to fill the information gap about long-term health consequences of egg retrieval procedures.

Washington Post: Inadequate supply of Viking sperm a crisis for successful single women
by Jesse Reynolds
How reasonable are the expectations and disappointments of a woman, featured on the front page of the Washington Post, who's having difficulty obtaining a second sample of sperm from the Danish man who sired her first child?

DNA Databases Run Amok
by Jesse Reynolds
Genetic forensics may assist in solving crimes, but the too-common assumption of the technique's infallibility makes it prone to implementation errors - seen most recently in the UK and Australia.

Whither stem cell funding?
by Jesse Reynolds
Is funding for stem cell companies drying up? Perhaps it depends who, and when, you ask.

Questioning the Commerce of Conception
by Marcy Darnovsky
More concerns about the inadequate regulation of the assisted reproduction industry.

A Literal Reductionist?
by Pete Shanks
Michael Rae believes calorie restriction will increase his lifespan.

Gene Doping Hits the Headlines
by Pete Shanks
The media are speculating about gene doping at the Olympics, and Friends of the Earth is urging sports to renounce it.

Happy Birthday!
by Pete Shanks
Louise Brown's 30th birthday is also the 30th anniversary of the start of the modern assisted reproduction industry.

More From the Los Angeles Times on DNA Databases
by Osagie Obasogie
The Los Angeles Times published another article on what has become an intriguing series questioning the long held-belief that matches made in DNA databases uniquely identify perpetrators with an extraordinarily high level of certainty.

Public interest groups step up challenges to sex selection in India
by Marcy Darnovsky
A new report chronicles the ongoing - and in some areas, worsening - practices of sex selection and neglect of girls.


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