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April 30, 2007 Newsletter

The Case Against Perfection: New Book by Noted ScholarGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007Harvard Professor of Government Michael Sandel is one of America's foremost political and moral thinkers. His new book, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, argues that the pursuit of perfection through genetic "enhancement" represents a bid for mastery and dominion that could profoundly undermine values of equality, democracy and community.
First U.S. Public Funding of Research Cloning Tainted by Scandal and QuestionsGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007The California stem cell agency approved the first public funding of cloning-based human stem cell research in the United States. One grant raised especially troubling questions.
California Stem Cell Update: Internal Power Struggles and Pending LegislationGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007As the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) prepares to hand out its largest grants to date, the agency has hit troubled waters.
House of Representatives Passes Ban on Genetic DiscriminationGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007The US House of Representatives passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act last week. The measure would prohibit health insurers from using genetic information to deny coverage or charge higher premiums to a healthy person, and employers from considering genetic information in hiring, firing, or promotion decisions.
Federal Bill to Ban Patents on Human Genes IntroducedGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007The "Genomic Research and Accessibility Act" would prohibit future patents on human genes, a practice that has given "private corporations, universities, and even the federal government…a monopoly on significant sections of the human genome."
The Latest from Biopolitical TimesGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007Check out a few recent posts from CGS' blog, Biopolitical Times. We invite you to add Biopolitical Times to your Internet routines, and to weigh in with your own contributions.
CGS NewsGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007Osagie Obasogie spoke on race-based medicine, Emily Galpern facilitated a strategic action session, Patricia Berne presented on "Women of Color in the Gene Age," Richard Hayes joined Francis Fukuyama and others on a panel addressing Beyond Bioethics, and more.
Other NewsGenetic CrossroadsApril 30th, 2007"Embryos to be screened for breast cancer gene," "Oocyte Donation for Stem Cell Research," "India's Skewed Sex Ratio Puts GE Sales in Spotlight," and more.


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