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Feminists, get ready: pregnancy and abortion are about to be disruptedby Eleanor RobertsonThe GuardianOctober 12th, 2015With news of clinical trial for uterine transplants coming soon, the ability for reproductive technologies to traverse the biological limitations of unassisted pregnancy could reshape our understandings of family, employment, and bodily autonomy.
First 'in womb' stem cell trial to beginby James GallagherBBCOctober 12th, 2015In the UK a clinical trial injecting fetal stem cells into babies still in the womb has been announced, to research the effects on symptoms of incurable brittle bone diseases.
Video Review: Talking Biopolitics[cites CGS and CGS fellow Lisa Ikemoto]by Rebecca DimondBioNewsOctober 12th, 2015BioNews reviews an episode of the Center for Genetics and Society's interview series Talking Biopolitics with George Annas and Lisa Ikemoto on genomic medicine and genetic testing.
What's Missing From Ontario's IVF Policy?by Vanessa GrubenOttawa CitizenOctober 11th, 2015The Canadian province should adopt an explicit policy collecting anonymized data on IVF use, success rates, and complications, and also addressing the information needs of children conceived via donor gametes.
No, Scientists Have Not Found the 'Gay Gene'by Ed YongThe AtlanticOctober 10th, 2015A widely hyped study purporting to find epigenetic marks associated with sexual orientation in men is an underpowered fishing expedition that used inappropriate statistics and that snagged results which may be false positives.
Sky-high price of new stem cell therapies is a growing concernby Michael HiltzikLos Angeles TimesOctober 9th, 2015Biotech companies have launched late-stage clinical trials that could lead to federal approval of two marketable treatments backed by CIRM, California's $6-billion state stem cell program, but drug pricing could be a huge roadblock for patient access and benefit.
Gay or Straight? Saliva Test Can Predict Male Sexual Orientationby Jessica HamzelouNew ScientistOctober 8th, 2015“Suggestive” study results that link genetics and sexual orientation raise troubling questions and potential for abuse.
Genes can’t be patented, rules Australia’s High Courtby Michael SlezakNew ScientistOctober 7th, 2015In what is considered a stronger decision than in US, Myriad's patent application for BRCA1 is denied in Australia because genes and mutations are "not 'made' by human action."
DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNAby Erin E. MurphyThe Daily BeastOctober 7th, 2015DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but our genetic material acts in mysterious ways, and chimerism may “undermine the very basis of the forensic DNA system.”
30k-60K US Sperm and Egg Donor Births Per Year?by Wendy KramerHuffington PostOctober 6th, 2015For the past 28 years the estimated number of children born via donor insemination has remained 30,000: that’s because there is no reliable method of assessing how many children are conceived via donor insemination.
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