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Personal Genomics, Cloning Neanderthals, Decade in Review

February 17th, 2010

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MONTHLY NEWS
February 17, 2010
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Whither Personal Genomics?
by Jesse Reynolds, Biopolitical Times

Three companies offer contrasting examples of where the fledgling industry goes from here.



The "Medical" Justification for Re-creating Neanderthals
by Pete Shanks, Biopolitical Times

"Should We Clone Neanderthals?" asks an article in Archaeology magazine.

Looking Back a Decade
by Pete Shanks, Biopolitical Times

The Center for Genetics and Society has been active for about a decade, and at the start of a new one it seems appropriate to take a look back.


Events

Symposium: Reproductive Technologies in the 21st Century
A day-long symposium, "Choice in the 21st Century? Regulating Reproductive Technologies," will be held in San Francisco on February 26.

The Latest from Biopolitical Times

Cellular reprogramming and bans on reproductive cloning
by Jesse Reynolds
A recent paper argues that prohibitions against human reproductive cloning should be strengthened to cover any method.


Gene Patent Challenge Gets Support in the Press

by Jesse Reynolds

The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of human gene patents received its first hearing, but the real developments occurred in the media.


Hwang Tries for a Comeback

by Pete Shanks

The Hwang Woo-Suk is making active efforts to salvage his reputation, and to reestablish himself as a force in science.


Partial Matches Allowed in New York
by Osagie Obasogie
New York’s Commission on Forensic Science has recently approved the use of partial matches in state criminal investigations.



















Two More "Lazarus" Projects
by Pete Shanks
Genomics is being used in attempts to revive both the Aurochs and a species of Galápagos tortoise.


Synthetic Biology as Super-Weapon?

by Pete Shanks

DARPA is investing in synthetic biology -- and provoking some criticism.


LA Times columnist's concerns over CIRM echo our own

by by Jesse Reynolds

One of the most prominent political commentators in the state has again taken on California's controversial stem cell research program.


Sex Selection: Tools for Action
by Marcy Darnovsky
Information, political education activities, and policy suggestions for reproductive rights and justice advocates.


























Legal Updates: DNA Databases, Human Gene Patents, Octomom’s Doctor

by Osagie Obasogie

The past few weeks have seen a number of legal developments involving reproductive and genetic technologies.


Technology Updates: Inheritable Genetic Modification

by Pete Shanks

Two new technologies may make inheritable genetic modification significantly more feasible.


Other News

The World’s Most Successful Failure
by Mary Carmichael, Newsweek
Iceland's deCODE has discovered more genes than any other company on earth. If only it could turn a profit.


Surrogacy Battles Expose Uneven Legal Landscape
by Nathan Koppel, Wall Street Journal
Surrogacy remains a relatively uncommon pathway to parenthood, in part because it still rests on a somewhat shaky legal ground in parts of the country.


Young Delhi women donating their eggs for quick bucks
by Richa Sharma, Indo-Asian News Service
In a trend that seems to be catching on, many Delhi college girls and single-working women are donating their eggs at fertility clinics in order to make a quick buck.




















In the womb of controversy
by Jaya Menon, The Times of India
The US consulate in Chennai has tightened its visa processing norms, particularly for couples coming to the city for fertility treatment.


Test-tube boys may inherit fertility problems
by Lois Rogers, The Times
Researchers have found evidence that fathers of babies born through in vitro fertilization may be passing on their infertility to their sons.






Gene doping real threat to Olympians
by Margaret Munro, Canwest News Service
The World Anti-Doping Agency warns of grave health risk in attempt to boost performance.


Skin cells turned directly into neurons
by Clive Cookson, Financial Times

Stem cell scientists announced research that turned skin into nerve cells without any intermediate step.






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