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May 13th, 2010

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May 13, 2010
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BioConversations: Taking the Biotech Discussion Public
by Marcy Darnovsky, Biopolitical Times
Introducing the first web series for parents about technologies that could alter human nature.
Against the Grain: Progressive Bioethics
[Interview with CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
by C.S. Soong, Against the Grain, KPFA Radio
The emergence of biotechnologies like assisted reproduction and human cloning has raised thorny ethical issues. According to Marcy Darnovsky, progressives and radicals have not always approached these issues carefully and thoughtfully. Darnovsky talks about designer babies, surrogacy, stem cell research, and much more.

The Latest from Biopolitical Times

When Cultures Collide
by Pete Shanks
The lawsuit brought by 41 members of the Havasupai Indian tribe against Arizona State University has implications that go far beyond last week's settlement.
Moves toward technology assessment
by Jesse Reynolds
Calls for a new federal technology assessment program are gathering steam, and some steps have already been taken.
A Real-Life Version of My Sisterís Keeper
by Marcy Darnovsky
The Match is an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking account of a family's decision to create a genetically matched baby to treat their sick daughter.
Fiction in Science
by Pete Shanks
The journal Science cheapens its coverage of an important paper by including speculation, which it refutes, about the cloning of Neanderthals.

Cloning in the Blogosphere
by Jesse Reynolds
A discussion of reproductive cloning among prominent economics and political blogs was instigated by one writer's overt narcissism.
Race, Genetics, and Law School Emails
by Osagie Obasogie
The blogosphere was recently set ablaze by a leaked email from a third year Harvard Law student who, after a dinner with friends, wrote to clarify his/her position on race, genetics, and intelligence.
Incentives for Donation of Human Bodily Material?
by Pete Shanks
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched a public consultation about donating, or perhaps selling, human bodily material.
Kidney Donations, Payments, and the Poor
by Jesse Reynolds
A recent survey indicating that payments for organs may not be an undue inducement has significant flaws.

Struggling to Control Fertility Tourism
by Pete Shanks
Several countries are trying to figure out what to do about their citizens who go abroad for assisted reproduction procedures to evade local prohibitions (or just to save money).
Socially Responsible Science: A Neuroscientist Pledge
by Marcy Darnovsky
It's time for neuroscience to catch up with other professions and pledge not to support aggressive war and torture, says Curtis Bell.
An Obituary for the First Race-Specific Drug
by Osagie Obasogie
Whatís interesting is that the Minnesota Dailyís BiDil obituary doesnít necessarily blame high prices or issues of bioequivalence as the cause for the drugís failure. Rather, it points directly to the issues of race and political correctness.
Pretending to be Tough
by Pete Shanks
The English forensic DNA database has been dragged into the current UK election campaign with false accusations that supporting reform means being "soft" on crime.

Other News

Payment Offers to Egg Donors Prompt Scrutiny
by David Tuller, New York Times
A study has found that compensation being touted in ads aimed at young women often exceeded guidelines, the latest development in a debate over donor pay.
Fertility law leaves us in limbo, doctors say [Canada]
Oversight of burgeoning industry a 'farce'
by Tom Blackwell, National Post
Fertility doctors say they are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of guidance from Canada's assisted-reproduction agency.
'Red Flag' raised at fertility agency
by Tom Blackwell, National Post
Two respected board members of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada have unexpectedly quit, raising new questions about a three-year-old organization that has yet to fulfill its key role of policing Canada's growing fertility industry.

Inside India's international baby farm
by Nicola Smith, The Times (London)
Childless couples from around the world are travelling to India to have babies by surrogate mothers. They say itís their last chance and that everyone benefits. Is it a fair trade?
Babies left in limbo as India struggles with demand for surrogacy
by Matt Wade, The Sydney Morning Herald
The rapid growth of reproductive tourism in India has created numerous cases of legal limbo.

Watchdog under fire as number of IVF blunders soars
by Jo Macfarlanen, The Daily Mail
Reported mistakes at UK IVF clinics increased from 182 in 2007-08 to 334 in 2008-09, prompting calls for stronger enforcement of regulations.
Multiple births to cash-strapped IVF mums on rise [Australia]
by Jill Stark and Rachel Browne, The Sydney Morning Herald
Twin and triplet birth rates are set to rise as more Australian women undergoing IVF ask doctors to implant multiple embryos to reduce the cost of fertility treatment.

Company plans to sell genetic testing kit at drugstores
by Rob Stein, Washington Post
Shoppers at drugstores across the nation will be able to pick up a test to scan their genes for a propensity for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, diabetes and other ailments.
Healthy genome used to predict disease risk in later life
by Ian Sample, The Guardian
A study by a Stanford University scientist is the first to use the full genome to glean information on somebody's future well-being.

Family become first to have DNA sequenced for non-medical reasons
by Mark Henderson, The Times (London)
A family of four has become the first in which every member's genome has been sequenced for non-medical reasons, opening a debate about the ethics of analysing the DNA of minors.
Connecticut woman alleges genetic discrimination at work
Associated Press
A woman's complaint may be the first to be filed under the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Mixed Messages on Gene Patenting
by Anna Salleh, ABC (Australia)
The recent landmark US court ruling against gene patents has reignited debate on the issue in Australia just weeks before the expected release of a senate report.

Upholding of WARF stem cell patent reversed
The Business Journal of Milwaukee
The US Patent and Trademark Office agreed with public interest critics and will likely end a major human stem cell patent.

Mutant cows die in GM trial
by Eloise Gibson, New Zealand Herald
Cows which had been genetically modified to produce human follicle stimulating hormone to be used in fertility treatments died due to enlarged ovaries.
Gene Therapy Takes a Turn for the Better
by Rob Waters, Bloomberg Businessweek
Recent successes are giving drugmakers and patients hope.


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