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December 16th, 2009

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Biopolitics for the 21st Century
 
by Marcy Darnovsky, 2020Science
 
Something is amiss in the interface between emerging technologies and society. Are we less giddy about the techno-future now than we were back in the 20th century? Does technology innovation now serve human needs rather than the imperatives of commerce?
 
 
Hot Air and Cat Hype
 
by Pete Shanks, Biopolitical Times
 
Allerca Lifestyle Pets is getting out of the hypoallergenic cat business – if it was ever really in it.
 

The Latest from Biopolitical Times

This Holiday Season's Genetic and Reproductive Gifts
by Jesse Reynolds
This year, a person's genetic sequences or reproductive capacity can help with that challenging holiday shopping list.
   
Enhancement: From Steroids to Skin Tone
 
by Osagie Obasogie
 
Sammy Sosa shocked many a few weeks ago by appearing at the Latin Grammys with dramatically lighter skin.
   
UK Feminist Campaign: No2Eggsploitation
 
by Marcy Darnovsky
 
The UK's fertility watchdog agency is considering revoking the rule that limits payments to women who provide eggs for other people's IVF treatment. A network of British feminists objects.
   
Surgeon General’s Warning: Gupta Is At It Again
by Osagie Obasogie
Sanjay Gupta is taking his uncritical approach to biology and social outcomes to the realm of radical life extension.
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
Cautious Optimism about Limited Gene Therapy
by Pete Shanks
Modestly encouraging signs of progress in gene therapy are welcome but should not be exaggerated.
   
Are UK Cops Pushing People Into the Pool?
by Osagie Obasogie
A new report from the UK suggests that police may be taking a new tactic: arresting people for the sole purpose of getting their DNA.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Tackling the International Trafficking of Organs, Tissues and Cells
by Jesse Reynolds
Two major efforts to address the international trafficking of organs, tissues and cells have implications for the issues addressed here at Biopolitical Times.
 
 
 

Other News

Argentina forces dirty war orphans to provide DNA
[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
by Mayra Pertossi, Associated Press
Argentina's Congress has authorized DNA sampling from people who may have been stolen as babies a quarter-century ago from political prisoners and murder victims – even when they don't want to know their birth parents.
   
Building a Baby, With Few Ground Rules
by Stephanie Saul, New York Times
Surrogacy is largely without regulation, and arrangements that go badly can have profound implications, particularly for the children.
   
Simple gene technique changes sex of a mouse
by Steve Connor, The Independent
Simple technique changes sex of a mouse – and reveals the gender war that rages in all of us.
   
   
   
   
 
   
US bioethics commission promises policy action
by Vivki Brower, Nature
President Obama created a new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and announced its Chair and Vice Chair.
 
   
   
Is it right to pay women for their eggs?
by Clare Murphy, BBC News
The UK fertility regulator is considering offering more generous compensation to egg and sperm donors.
   
From schoolboy squabble to DNA database in one easy step – if you're black
by Fiona Hamilton, The Times (UK)
 
A report by the UK Human Genetics Commission states that over three quarters of black men aged between 18 and 35 have their DNA profiles posted on the national database.
 
 
   
Law Seeks to Ban Misuse of Genetic Testing
by Steven Greenhouse, New York Times
The most important new antidiscrimination law in two decades – the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act – will take effect next weekend, prohibiting employers from requesting genetic testing or considering someone’s genetic background in hiring, firing or promotions.
   
Firm that led the way in DNA testing goes bust
by Jeremy Laurance, The Independent
 
Personal DNA testing – often touted as the future of medicine – was dealt a blow as DeCODE Genetics, the company that pioneered the technique, filed for bankruptcy.
 
 
   
Is Gene Therapy Finally Ready for Prime Time?
by Adi Narayan, Time
Over the past year, a series of small but intriguing advances has suggested that medical gene transfer may hold real future potential.
 
 
   
Sex selection just a mouse click away
by Sanchita Sharma, Hindustan Times
Popular Internet portals Google and Yahoo may be breaking Indian laws by carrying ads of sex selection clinics.
   
Company seeks to test embryonic stem cells for blindness
by Maggie Fox, Reuters
 
Advanced Cell Technology has asked for approval to test human embryonic stem cells in treating a rare cause of blindness.
 
 

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