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March 18th, 2010

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Internships at CGS

The Center for Genetics and Society is seeking interns for Summer 2010 to work in support of the full range of CGS activities.
"Moral Questions of an Altogether Different Kind": Progressive Politics in the Biotech Age [PDF]
by Marcy Darnovsky, Harvard Law and Policy Review

Human genetic, reproductive and biomedical technologies are taking us into uncharted moral and political waters.
Emerging Technologies and a Sustainable, Healthy, Just World: The Case of Human Reproductive and Genetic Technologies
by Marcy Darnovsky and Jesse Reynolds, Biodiversity: The Newsletter of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity

Environmentalists are in a position to play a critically important role in determining how powerful emerging technologies are ultimately developed, used, and regulated.

The Latest from Biopolitical Times

One of the Leading Scientists in the World?
by Pete Shanks
Robert Lanza, the Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology, projects great self-confidence. Is it justified?
Myriad Speaks out of Both Sides of its Mouth

by Jesse Reynolds

In defending its patents on human genes, Myriad Genetics says that a ruling against it would mean everything, and mean nothing.
DNA Ancestry Testing on TV

by Pete Shanks

"Faces of America," with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., raised interesting questions though it somewhat over-simplified DNA ancestry testing.
Immortal Cells and Persistent Controversies
by Marcy Darnovsky
The riveting stories in a new best-seller are relevant to the biopolitical controversies we face today.




Caveat Emptor
by Pete Shanks
Allerca Lifestyle Pets, the company that claims to sell hypoallergenic cats, may not be out of business after all. But it may be in trouble.
Pin the Sperm on the Egg

by Osagie Obasogie

A San Francisco couple put a twist on the baby-making process by hosting a $35-a-head party to raise funds for assisted reproduction.
The Motherland Needs ... Clones of Me!

by Pete Shanks

Ultra-nationalist Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky objects unsuccessfully to extending the Russian moratorium on reproductive human cloning.
Missing Girls in Asia: Two Frameworks
by Marcy Darnovsky
What happens when modern reproductive technology enables son preference? Tens of millions of girls have died as young children due to neglect, have been killed as infants, or were never born due to sex-selective abortions.





Gene of the Week: Entrepreneurship

by Jesse Reynolds

A recent segment on the widely broadcast public radio show Marketplace asks whether entrepreneurship is in our genes.
Eugenics: Remembering History and the Living Victims

by Pete Shanks

New initiatives in North Carolina and Canada aim to confront the legacy of 20th-century eugenics.

Other News

DNA Deception
by Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune
Texas's program of newborn blood sampling has transferred hundreds of infant blood spots to an Armed Forces lab to build a national registry, without parental consent.
DNA’s Dirty Little Secret
by Michael Bobelian, Washington Monthly
A forensic tool renowned for exonerating the innocent may actually be putting them in prison.
Commons committee rejects six-year DNA records plan [United Kingdom]
by Alan Travis, The Guardian
A report published in advance of a key parliamentary vote says DNA profiles of innocent people should be kept for no longer than three years.





Race-related controversy causes drug flop
by Tara Bannow, The Minnesota Daily
BiDil was approved by the FDA in 2005 to treat heart failure but has since been withdrawn from the market.
IVF doctors to raffle human egg [United Kingdom]
by Lois Rogers, The Times
A fertility clinic in London, partnering with one in the US, is raffling a human egg to promote its new "baby profiling" service, which circumvents UK laws.

New blood test will show women's egg levels: report
Agence France-Presse
Women will soon be able to tell how many eggs they have in their ovaries in a simple hormone test.
Are Sperm Donors Really Anonymous Anymore?
by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, Slate

Advances in genetic testing are making previously anonymous sperm donors easier to trace.

Fertility drugs on sale in supermarket [United Kingdom]
by Rebecca Smith, The Telegraph
UK women will soon be able to buy fertility drugs for IVF treatment at a supermarket.
Health Minister 'uncomfortable' over parents picking children's sex [Australia]
by Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Lindy Kerin, Australian Broadcasting Corporation News

Australia is reviewing whether to allow any parents who use IVF to select their baby's sex, but its Health Minister would be uncomfortable about allowing it.

'Pain gene' discovery could lead to less suffering
by Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph
The discovery of a gene linked to pain sensitivity has led to proposals of gene transfer as a treatment for severe chronic pain.
Human Cloning Ban Extended [Russia]
Moscow Times

The Russian State Duma has renewed a temporary ban on human cloning.

Korea Closer to Cloning Embryonic Stem Cells
by Kim Tae-gyu, The Korea Times
Korean scientists are moving closer to deriving stem cells from cloned human embryos.


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