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November 15, 2006 Newsletter

Genetic Crossroads
November 15th, 2006


Announcing the CGS Blog: Biopolitical TimesGenetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006The new CGS blog, Biopolitical Times, is up and running. We've already posted hot items on Hwang Woo Suk's efforts to clone extinct mammoths, race-specific drugs, Genentech's irresponsible pricing policy on a new biotech drug, a gathering of Germans who were children in the Nazi Lebensborn program, and a UN report on violence against women with new and disturbing statistics on sex selection.
New Directions for Stem Cell Politics?Genetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006As the magnitude of the Democratic win in the midterm elections becomes clear, observers are pondering the new prospects for stem cell research. The election results don't support the "overwhelming mandate" or "successful wedge" interpretation of some pundits. But the political winds have clearly shifted.
Beyond Bioethics: Groundbreaking Proposal on Human Biotech PolicyGenetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006Francis Fukuyama and Franco Furger have just released the most comprehensive analysis and set of recommendations on governance of human biotechnologies in the United States that has been prepared to date.
Call for Public Comments on UK Eggs-for-Research PolicyGenetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006The UK government is seeking public input into its pending decision about policy on procuring women's eggs for stem cell research. It will determine whether to allow researchers to recruit women to provide eggs specifically for research purposes, and if so, what safeguards would be needed.
Toward Fair Cures: Health Disparities and Stem Cell ResearchGenetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006Toward Fair Cures: Integrating the Benefits of Diversity in the California Stem Cell Research Act was a first-of-its-kind conference on minority health disparities and stem cell research.
Eugenics ConferenceGenetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006Eugenics & Emerging Technologies: Bioethics in the Shadow of Auschwitz? brought key figures in law, bioethics, journalism, science, and social justice advocacy to the National Press Club in Washington, DC for a day-long conference on the prospects of a new eugenics based on emerging human biotechnologies.
CGS NewsGenetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006Osagie Obasogie spoke at a Seattle University conference entitled Who Owns Nature? BioProspecting, BioTechnology, and Indigenous People's Rights, and Emily Galpern moderated a panel called Reproductive Justice in the Gene Age at this year's annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
Other NewsGenetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006"Mortal Combat: The Exploding Politics of Biotechnology," by William Saletan, "Australia Senate Lifts Ban on Cloning," and "A Pro-Woman Stem-Cell Policy," by Marcy Darnovsky

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