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September 16th, 2009

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CGS and Other Groups File Brief in Support of Gene Patent Challenge

by Jesse Reynolds, Biopolitical Times

A number of social justice and women’s health organizations have filed a "friend of the court" brief in support of the ACLU / Public Patent Foundation lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of human gene patents.

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Public interest groups support groundbreaking challenge to human gene patents
[ Press release ]



Monkeys, Mitochondria and Inheritable Genetic Modification [Includes Audio]
Oregon Public Broadcating

CGS's Marcy Darnovsky and researcher Shoukhrat Mitolipov debate inheritable genetic modification on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s call-in radio show.

The Latest from Biopolitical Times

Ted Kennedy: Pro-choice and pro-disability rights
by Marcy Darnovsky
As Senator Kennedy knew, there is no contradiction between being deeply pro-choice and deeply pro-disability rights.


What's in a Name?
by Pete Shanks

The naming of a new park after noted eugenicist William Shockley has drawn international attention to the small town of Auburn, California.


Gray Goo Hits the Silver Screen
by Osagie Obasogie

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has been one of the summer’s top grossing movies, raking in over $256 million in box office sales over the past few weeks. From a Biopolitical Times perspective, what’s interesting is that the entire plot concerns the disaster and chaos that may come when nanotechnology falls into the wrong hands.


Stem Cell Snake Oil and Shenanigans
by Jesse Reynolds
Three recent news stories have highlighted ethical shortcomings in the stem cell industry.


















Capitalism 1, Transhumanism 0
by Pete Shanks
Singularity University's first students have revealed the projects for which they are seeking capital, and they backed away from transhumanist or singularitarian ideas.


Transhumanist libertarian: Still against democracy
by Jesse Reynolds
Permeating libertarian Ron Bailey's response to CGS's Marcy Darnovsky is a disturbing hostility to democracy.





Transhumanists as Nihilists, Continued
by Jesse Reynolds
Why do transhumanists advocate for technologies and policies that even they apparently admit will likely lead to such a dark future?


Israeli feminists respond to Romanian egg scandal
by Marcy Darnovsky
Israeli fertility doctors working in Romania have been arrested in connection with illegally recruiting and paying young women for eggs.





The Gray Areas at the Edges of Regulation
by Pete Shanks
The UK experience with regulation continues to offer lessons, as sperm sellers are arrested, US companies promote sex selection to Britons, and an MP has his DNA removed from the police database.


Korean Cloning Update
by Pete Shanks
A cloned wolf has died mysteriously, and other news from Korea.



Other News

Researchers Combine Monkey DNA From Two Mothers in One Egg
[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
by Rob Stein, Washington Post
Scientists have produced monkeys with eggs and some genetic material from two mothers, an advance would raise a host of safety, legal, ethical and social questions if attempted in people.


Why Racial Profiling Persists in Medical Research
by Catherine Elton, Time
Experts say a stubborn streak of racial profiling persists in the medical literature, in studies that attribute health disparities between blacks and whites to genetic differences between the races.


Human tissue can be taken for human-animal embryo experiments without consent
by Laura Donnelly, The Telegraph (UK)
Tens of thousands of samples of human tissue will be offered for use in controversial human/animal hybrid embryo research without the consent of the patients who donated them.











DNA pioneer calls for innocent to be taken off database
by Ben Padley and Ellen Branagh, Press Association
The man who discovered DNA fingerprinting demanded the removal of innocent people from the United Kingdom database.


Hacking goes squishy
The Economist
The falling cost of equipment capable of manipulating DNA is opening up a new field of "biohacking" to enthusiasts.





UCI settles a dozen fertility suits
by Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times
Doctors at the school's Center for Reproductive Health were found to have stolen eggs or embryos for years and given them to other women. Two doctors involved fled the country to avoid prosecution.


US clinic offers British couples the chance to choose the sex of their child
by Alice Fishburn, The Times (UK)

A new US clinic is appealing to British couples who want to pick the sex of their next child - a process that is banned in the United Kingdom.






Breakthrough for IVF egg-screening technique
Kevin Rawlinson, The Independent
A new method screens eggs for genetic abnormalities before conception.








The Second Coming of Gene Therapy
Jill Neimark, Discover
For years, gene therapy produced tons of hype but no results. Recently, new approaches may have yielded its first successes








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