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October 15th, 2009

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Center For Genetics And Society
October 15, 2009
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Monkeys, Mitochondria, and the Human Germline

by Jesse Reynolds, Bioethics Forum

The researchers into radically novel techniques display an alarmingly casual attitude toward risks to the potential children born, the difficulties and dangers of obtaining the large numbers of the required women's eggs, and the potentially dire social consequences of human inheritable genetic modification.

Letter to the Editor regarding "At Birth, Tales of Joy and Heartbreak"
by Marcy Darnovsky, New York Times

"It’s past time for the federal government to set rules for the fertility industry and establish ways to enforce them."

The Latest from Biopolitical Times

California Warning Labels: "Donating" Eggs May Be Hazardous to Your Health
by Marcy Darnovsky
A new first-in-the-nation law will require that ads recruiting women to provide their eggs mention the health risks entailed.

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Fails a DNA Ancestry Test

by Osagie Obasogie

Officials in the United Kingdom have launched an effort to use genetic technologies to determine the nationality of asylum seekers.

Genotyping Children

by Pete Shanks

Twice in the last few weeks, Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe has strongly defended genotyping children, an increasingly controversial practice.

Google Baby
by Marcy Darnovsky
An Israeli documentary offers an excruciatingly up-close look at India's booming global surrogacy industry.

Synthetic Biology, Drew Endy, and the Building of a Better Human from the Ground Up
by Jesse Reynolds
A leading synthetic biologist describes his vision of using synbio to re-engineer humans.

Celebrity Knock-Off Sperm?
by Osagie Obasogie
California Cryobank recently launched its “Donor Look-A-Like” program. Sperm donors are catalogued not only by typical traits such as hair or skin color, but also by which celebrity they most closely resemble.

Outsourcing Pregnancy: Surrogacy as "Emotional Labor"
by Marcy Darnovsky
Is outsourcing pregnancy to poor women in India more like Mother Teresa or Brave New World?

Jesse Gelsinger: Ten Years Later
by Osagie Obasogie
Last Thursday marked the ten-year anniversary of Jesse Gelsinger’s death. The 18-year-old died while participating in a gene therapy clinical trial at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lou Hawthorne Quits
by Pete Shanks
BioArts, the successor to Genetic Savings and Clone, has stopped selling dog clones.

More Fraud and Scandal in the California Fertility Industry
by Marcy Darnovsky
The owner of a surrogacy agency vanished with about $2 million of her clients' money, leaving surrogates in mid-pregnancy with no health insurance to cover their prenatal care or deliveries.

Other News

Stakes rise in gene-patenting lawsuit
by Tom Harvey, The Salt Lake City Tribune
A hearing is set to begin today in federal court in a lawsuit that poses a major challenge to the practice of granting patents on human genes.

Russia extends human cloning ban
RIA Novosti
Russia has extended by five years a moratorium on human cloning that expired two years ago.

A Search for a Surrogate Leads to India
by Margot Cohen, Wall Street Journal
Attracted by lower costs, U.S. couples are looking to India to hire surrogates – women who will bear children on their behalf.

Land of the Rising Son
by Stephanie Nolen, The Globe and Mail
The skewed sex ratio in India is worsening in some of the richest neighborhoods of the country. The reasons – and solutions – have government and activists stumped.

'Wrong embryo' mother to give up baby boy to his biological parents after mix-up
by Patrick Sawer and Leonard Doyle, The Telegraph
A woman who had the wrong embryo implanted by a fertility clinic has given birth to a boy and handed him over to another woman.

Fertility center suspects errors labeling embryos
by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
A hospital has suspended operations at its in vitro fertilization center because of concerns that some of its frozen embryos may have been mislabeled.

The Gift of Life, and Its Price
by Stephanie Saul, New York Times

While fertility treatments create thousands of new families a year, multiple births carry special risks often overlooked in the desire to produce babies.

Strange New World
[Book Review]
by Jeanette Winterson, New York Times
Margaret Atwood's new novel, The Year of the Flood, takes place in the same bioengineered world as her 2003 work of speculative fiction, Oryx and Crake.


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