|There's More to Life Than Freezing Your Eggs[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober], The AtlanticMay 14th, 2013Suddenly, it seems, everyone is singing the praises of egg freezing as the latest cure for a woman's declining fertility, but it isn't quite the panacea the media would have you believe.|
|The Dark Art of Racecraft, The AtlanticMay 13th, 2013Jason Richwine takes his place in a long history of research on race and IQ, one of the most discredited fields of study in modern history.|
|Talking Biopolitics is Back!, Biopolitical TimesMay 13th, 2013A series of live web-based conversations with cutting-edge thinkers on the social meaning of human biotechnologies will be kicking off next week. RSVP now to join the conversations!
|The Big Freeze, Biopolitical TimesMay 9th, 2013The Wall Street Journal devoted almost two full pages to a piece championing social egg freezing, and gave it a headline that is pure sales.|
|The Baby Blueprint [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]Al Jazeera EnglishApril 22nd, 2013Would you choose your child's genetic potential? Live debate with Marcy Darnovsky, Stuart Newman, Julian Savulescu, and Nita Farahany.|
|Synthetic Biology as Public Relations, Biopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2013Recent synthetic biology projects related to malaria, flu and conservation are providing PR cover for the field and its corporate sponsors.|
|Who Decides What Patients Need to Know?, Biopolitical TimesApril 2nd, 2013The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics report on "incidental findings" in genetic tests has kicked up a storm of controversy, not least because it seems to contradict February's ACMG recommendations about testing children.|
|The Era of Genetics-Based Advertising is Coming, WiredMarch 28th, 2013If you thought personalised advertising based on your Facebook status updates, Gmail content or online browsing behaviour was creepy, just you wait. The era of genetics-based advertising is coming, and it could be just as profitable.|
|The Throwaways, GuernicaMarch 1st, 2013In Kenya, doctors are force-sterilizing HIV-positive women—in some cases, without their knowledge.|
|Connecting the Neural Dots, The New York TimesFebruary 25th, 2013In setting the nation on a course to map the active human brain, President Obama may have picked a challenge even more daunting than ending the war in Afghanistan or finding common ground with his Republican opponents. |
|DNA and the Constitution[Editorial]The New York TimesFebruary 24th, 2013The substantial harm to innocent people that could result from the misuse of DNA greatly outweighs the benefits. And the safeguard against such harm is the Fourth Amendment, whose fundamental protections the Maryland court upheld. The Supreme Court should do likewise. |
|New Guidelines for Genetic Testing in Children, TimeFebruary 21st, 2013The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics have released a new statement on genetic testing in children, suggesting ways to navigate the ethical, legal, and social complexities.
|We Are Egg Donors: A New Self-Advocacy Community , Biopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2013Women who have donated their eggs or are considering it can share stories and research, provide mutual support, and leverage their presence beyond that of individual women who are heavily recruited and then instantly forgotten.|
|Too Much InformationSupreme Court 2013: Why collecting DNA from people who are arrested won’t help solve more crimes., SlateFebruary 12th, 2013Research shows that police solve more crimes not by taking DNA from suspects who have never been convicted, but by collecting more evidence at crime scenes.|
|French Gay Marriage Plans Stir Parenthood Debate, NPRJanuary 31st, 2013The president's promise to legalize gay marriage was seen as relatively uncontroversial when it first came up, but the news reopened a raw national debate on fertility treatments, surrogacy and adoption. |
|Privacy Fear for DNA Dragnet, Stuff (New Zealand)January 20th, 2013A district court judge who is a world expert in forensic DNA has called for a public debate on the use of familial DNA testing, saying it raises serious privacy issues and has the potential to subject entire families to life-long genetic surveillance. |
|Born to Run the World?, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 17th, 2013Forget about glass ceilings, sexism in employment, gender inequities, and all those other structural and societal policies and practices that put obstacles in the way of women (and racialized groups) getting ahead. Maybe they just lack the "leadership gene."|
|More Female Fetuses Aborted in Europe, DWJanuary 7th, 2013Sex selection is not just a problem confined to China and India: New statistics show skewed sex ratios in favor of boys in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.|
|Rape in India: A Result of Sex Selection?
, TimeJanuary 4th, 2013Behind the angry protests over the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student is an even deeper story: the preference for male babies in India and much of the world may be at the root of this senseless violence.
|As a Girl in India, I Learned to Be Afraid of Men, The AtlanticJanuary 4th, 2013Sex-selective abortion, female infanticide and the sheer neglect of girls have made for a growing gender gap in India. In the wake of the brutal gang rape of a young paramedical student in Delhi, Indian citizens have taken to the streets to show their outrage. |
|Welcome to DownTown Abbey, Page Six MagazineDecember 6th, 2012New York City's modern-day dukes and duchesses blur the lines between upstairs and downstairs, demanding their household help provide everything from donated eggs to properly behaved aquatic animals.
|Social Codes: Sharing Your Genes Online, WiredNovember 9th, 201223andMe, which calls itself "the first genetic social network," is launching a mobile app that lets users organize and share their genomes online. Privacy is a concern the company will leave to its users to navigate.|
|Military Mind Wars, The ScientistNovember 1st, 2012How neuroscience research can inform military counterintelligence tactics, and the moral responsibilities that accompany such research.|
|Money Doesn't Talk, It Lies, Biopolitical TimesNovember 1st, 2012California's Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified food, is being battered by a million dollars a day of deceptive commercials, but the race is roughly tied.|
|DNA Analysis: Far From an Open-and-Shut CaseForensic evidence is widely considered to be the result of purely objective lab tests, but there's growing proof that psychological bias plays a part, Guardian [UK]October 13th, 2012DNA forensics can become less a case of "matching barcodes" than one of deciding whether any one of the numerous and disjointed "barcode fragments" seem to fit the original.
|Vote for the
Dinner PartyIs this the year that the food movement finally enters politics?, New York TimesOctober 10th, 2012California’s Proposition 37, which would require that genetically modified foods carry a label, has the potential to change the politics of food not just in California but nationally too.|
|Economics and Genetics Meet in Uneasy UnionUse of population-genetic data to predict economic success sparks war of words., NatureOctober 10th, 2012A paper about to be published in a prestigious economics journal claims that a country’s genetic diversity can predict the success of its economy. Critics of the study see genetic determinism, and even racism.|
|Selling Sickness: The Conference, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 19th, 2012Health care reformers and drug industry critics will gather to
challenge the global tide of disease mongering. |
|Forensics on the Hill: Part I , Huffington PostSeptember 5th, 2012Donald Eugene Gates' fate was sealed by two stray hairs and he spent nearly three decades in prison, before his innocence was finally proven. How often is DNA forensics wrong?|
|DNA Test Jailed Innocent Man for Murder, BBC NewsAugust 31st, 2012Scientists, lawyers and politicians have raised concerns over the quality of forensic evidence testing - is the criminal justice system too reliant on lab tests without seeing their limitations?|
|Stop and Swab: Dramatic Increases in DNA Police Databases, Biopolitical TimesAugust 20th, 2012DNA databases continue to grow exponentially as more U.S. states allow police to seize DNA samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted, and from those suspected of misdemeanors as well as felonies.
|Special Journal Issue on Genes and Athletics, Biopolitical TimesAugust 9th, 2012Just in time for the 2012 Summer Games, the journal Recent Patents on DNA & Gene Sequences has published a special issue on genetics and athletics.|
|The Place of Race in Understanding Health, Biopolitical TimesJune 27th, 2012Anne Fausto-Sterling considers the meaning of race in health disparities, comparing the work of three prominent scholars who may shake up the status quo.
|Klout, Social Media and the Politics of Science , Biopolitcal TimesMay 23rd, 2012The social media landscape is not an even playing field - money delivers an edge, and hype often sells. How are social media and online influencers shaping discourse in the realm of science and technology?|
|Stop the Genetic DragnetPolice currently collect samples of DNA from detainees—retaining the DNA even if a suspect turns out to be innocent, Scientific AmericanNovember 22nd, 2011Police in about 25 states and federal agents can take a DNA sample after arresting, and before charging, someone. If they are cleared, their DNA stays downtown, a record that is hard to erase.
|Lab Fight Raises U.S. Security Issues, New York TimesOctober 22nd, 2011Biosafety expert Paul Rabinow resigned from the UC Berkeley-led Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, and asserted that the Center is not doing enough to prevent a biological disaster.|
|Celebrating Dorothy Roberts and Fatal Invention, Biopolitical TimesOctober 6th, 2011The Center for Genetics and Society co-sponsored two events celebrating Dorothy Roberts' new book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century.
|Turning 40, Going GlobalSeptember 28th, 2011Born in Boston, Our Bodies, Ourselves has become an international force for women's rights.|
|The Problem with Twin Studies, Biopolitical TimesAugust 26th, 2011Slate's Brian Palmer critiques the proliferation of scientific findings based on twin studies that claim to isolate the genetic underpinnings of human behavior.|
|New Book on the Biopolitics of Race, Biopolitical TimesAugust 18th, 2011Dorothy Roberts' new book meets an urgent need: encouraging greater thought and public discussion on what new genetic technologies mean for society’s understanding of racial difference and its commitment to racial justice. |
|The Myriad Breast Cancer Patent Case Continues, Biopolitical TimesAugust 1st, 2011A federal appeals court mostly overturned the lower court ruling that invalidated Myriad's patents on breast cancer genes, but further appeals are expected.|
|Sperm Donor's 24 Kids Never Told About Fatal Illness, ABC NewsJuly 21st, 2011Guidelines indicate that donated sperm cannot have any "relevant communicable disease or agent," but there is no limit on how many donations can be made nor is there any sharing of medical information between the donor and the child's family. |
|Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines on Outsourcing Clinical Trials, Biopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2011Fault Lines’ Zeina Awad offers a compelling inside look into the questionable business of using vulnerable populations from the developing world to test drugs that will not benefit them and will largely be consumed by Westerners.|
|Eight Babies and the End of a Doctor's Career, Biopolitical TimesJune 15th, 2011Fertility specialist Dr. Michael Kamrava lost his license to practice medicine for repeated negligence involving three patients, including the mother of octuplets.|
|Honorary Degree For Henrietta Lacks, Biopolitical TimesJune 9th, 2011One of the most interesting ways in which Lacks has been recognized is the granting of a posthumous honorary degree (doctorate of public service) by Morgan State University|
|New Book on Race and Genetics, Biopolitical TimesMay 12th, 2011Science writer Alondra Oubré has just published an ambitious new book entitled Race, Genes, and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences.|
|Petition for an Egg Donor Registry, Biopolitical TimesMay 5th, 2011A petition being circulated by the Alliance for Humane Biotechnology calls for the creation of a well-publicized national registry to track the long-term risks of egg retrieval.|
|Media Passes Gene Test, Parents Flunk, Biopolitical TimesApril 21st, 2011Parents interested in having their own genes tested also want to test their kids, but the media reports quote experts recommending against routine testing of children for adult-onset diseases.|
|More Arguing About Human Gene Patents in Court, Biopolitical TimesApril 7th, 2011A Federal Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments in the Myriad case, but gave no hint of its decision; either way, many expect it to go to the Supreme Court.
|Profits, Princes and Police DNA Databases, Biopolitical TimesMarch 16th, 2011A new investigation reveals disturbing commercial pressures to establish forensic DNA databases that may go well beyond legal limits in Europe and the US.|
|Courts 'will reject test secrecy'[The United Kingdom], BBC News February 24th, 2011There is a serious mismatch between the government's aim to commercialise forensic science and the requirement of courts for openness, according to a top forensic expert.
|Fertility Industry Fraud…Yet Again , Biopolitical TimesFebruary 14th, 2011An Idaho fertility company failed to pay egg donors and lied to investigators when questioned about the non-payments.|
|Clinical trials on trial[Commentary], The New ScientistJanuary 22nd, 2011Vulnerable people are increasingly targeted as subjects for clinical research. Have we forgotten the lessons of past abuses?
|Uncle Sam could want YOU and your DNA, too, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 20th, 2011A secretive group of scientific advisors recommends that the Department of Defense collect DNA from US soldiers, and gives little attention to the potential implications of such a practice.
|Bioethics and its DiscontentsJanuary 4th, 2011A call for bioethics to expand its framework, and to balance autonomy against the collective good without privileging either a priori. |
|Habermas Warns of Genetic Claims that Bolster Xenophobia
, Biopolitical TimesNovember 4th, 2010One of the most influential living philosophers uses a New York Times op-ed to caution that "false biological conclusions" are fueling discrimination against Muslim immigrants in Germany.|
|Abolition of HFEA 'won't save anything'BBC NewsSeptember 24th, 2010The former chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, one of many publicly funded non-governmental advisory bodies in the UK that may be scrapped, analyses the gap the abolition of the body will leave.|
|60 Minutes on Stem Cells and Snake Oil, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 22nd, 201060 Minutes recently re-aired a story about stem cell con artists who play on the desperation of people with fatal degenerative diseases.|
|Gopher Kids or Guinea Pigs?August 13th, 2010University of Minnesota researchers attempting to investigate the genetic features of “normal and healthy” kids plan to solicit DNA samples from child-parent volunteer pairs at this month’s state fair.|
|Stem cells, human genes, and patents, Biopolitical TimesMay 14th, 2010A recent ruling on a stem cell patent is similar with concurrent challenges to patents on human genes related to breast cancer.|
|Gene Patents on CBS's "60 Minutes", Biopolitical TimesApril 2nd, 2010This Sunday, the long-running American television news show will air a segment on the debate over human gene patents.|
|Public Interest Group Praises Court Decision that Human Genes Cannot Be PatentedCenter for Genetics and Society Calls Ruling a Victory for Patients, Consumers and Responsible ResearchMarch 30th, 2010CGS welcomed yesterday's District Court decision invalidating patents on genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, which ruled that human genes cannot be patented because they are products of nature|
|Pin the Sperm on the Egg, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2010A San Francisco couple put a twist on the baby-making process by hosting a $35 a head party to raise funds for assisted reproduction.|
|Are UK Cops Pushing People Into the Pool? , Biopolitical TimesNovember 27th, 2009A new report from the UK suggests that police may be taking a new tactic: arresting people for the sole purpose of getting their DNA.|
|Genes and Jobs: U of Akron Tests the Testing Laws, Biopolitical TimesNovember 4th, 2009The University of Akron (UA) has a policy that could require any candidate for employment to submit a DNA sample, despite the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act.|
|ACLU Challenges California Prop. 69 , Biopolitical TimesOctober 16th, 2009Prop. 69’s arrestee provision marks a radical expansion of the government’s power to indefinitely retain intimate information about citizens – many of whom may have done nothing more than be accused of committing a crime.|
|Public interest groups support groundbreaking challenge to human gene patentsCenter for Genetics and Society, Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, other organizations file brief backing lawsuitSeptember 1st, 2009Public interest, social justice, and women’s health advocates filed a "friend of the court" brief in support of a groundbreaking lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and Public Patent Foundation challenging the constitutionality of human gene patents.|
|GATTACA Comes to Baseball, Biopolitical TimesJuly 24th, 2009Major League Baseball has been using DNA tests on prospects from the Dominican Republic.|
|Everyday Eugenics, Biopolitical TimesJuly 22nd, 2009Although the American Eugenics movement ended over 50 years ago, aspects of eugenic thinking continue to pop up from what seems like out of nowhere. |
|Synthetic Biology Debate, Biopolitical TimesOctober 30th, 2008A key civil society advocate debates a synthetic biology pioneer about "genetic engineering on steroids" - building artificial life from scratch.|
|Henry Louis Gates Jr. Interviews James Watson, Biopolitical TimesJune 9th, 2008Race scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., who has filmed two documentaries on race, genetics, and ancestry while also founding a DNA ancestry company, was troubled by Watson’s seemingly pernicious use of race and genetics....This led Gates to interview Watson to, in a sense, determine whether he’s a bigot.|
|Genetic Enhancement as Mutually Assured Destruction, Biopolitical TimesMarch 24th, 2008An article in the latest issue of Democracy - a fairly new progressive policy journal - frames the prospect of human genetic modification as a threat to global security.|
|Brave New World War, DemocracyMarch 21st, 2008Genetic engineering will soon turn science fiction to fact. Here's why we need a new global treaty to control it.|
|Neurolaw, Biopolitical TimesMarch 13th, 2007Should courts be in the business of deciding when to mitigate someone's criminal responsibility because his brain functions improperly, whether because of age, in-born defects or trauma?|
|Beyond BioethicsA Proposal for Modernizing the Regulation of Human BiotechnologiesMarch 2nd, 2007Francis Fukuyama and Franco Furger presented an overview of their Beyond Bioethics, a new report that provides the most comprehensive examination to date of legislative and/or regulatory answers to the challenges raised by human biotechnologies in the United States.|
|Quality-controlled embryos, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 22nd, 2007Last week's news about the "world's first embryo bank" brought much-needed attention to the accelerating marketization of baby-making. |
|CGS weighs in on federal stem cell policy, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 11th, 2007A Center for Genetics and Society analysis, Federal Stem Cell Policy: Lessons from California, has been included in a memo prepared by The Third Way, a DC-based “strategy center for progressives.”|
|Calls for a Moratorium on Food from Cloned AnimalsGenetic CrossroadsOctober 20th, 2006A coalition of health, environmental, animal safety, consumer and religious groups has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration aimed at the agency's pending decision on allowing meat and milk from cloned animals into the U.S. food supply.|
|Democratizing BiopoliticsCivil Society and Human BiotechnologyJuly 12th, 2006Presentation at "The Future of Bioethics in a Divided Democracy" conference, Albany, NY, July 13-14, 2006.|
|Re-Designing Humanity?The promise and perils of the new human biotechnologiesA forum on stem cell research, human cloning, choosing the sex of your child, and other human biotechnologies, held at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco on April 18, 2006.|
|The World Economic Forum addresses human biotechnologiesGenetic CrossroadsFebruary 23rd, 2006George Annas writes about governing the emerging human biotechnologies in Global Agenda, the official publication of the World Economic Forum. Annas is chair of the Health Law Department at the Boston University School of Public Health and co-founder of Global Lawyers & Physicians.|
|How Much for a Dozen Human Eggs?, WiredApril 28th, 2005"Health, not money, should be the priority of women hoping to sell their eggs to science, the National Academies concluded in a 240-page report published Tuesday. As a result, researchers should be barred from paying women for their eggs."|
|Reclaiming MoralityApril 3rd, 2005Presentation at "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom," Amherst, MA|
|REPORTSGenetic CrossroadsJanuary 24th, 2005|
|The Next Four Years, the Biotech Agenda, and the Human FutureWhat Direction for Liberals and Progressives?
December 9th, 2004At this New York symposium, over 400 New Yorkers gathered to hear five noted academics, authors and activists make the case that liberals and progressives need to support socially responsible control over the new human genetic technologies as a priority concern.|
|Inequality, Democracy and the New Human BiotechnologiesA Threshold Challenge for the 21st CenturyJuly 15th, 2004A Report on the symposium, co-sponsored by Demos, Center for Genetics and Society, and The Century Foundation, in which nearly 130 participants gathered in New York City to discuss the challenges to equality and democracy posed by the advent of powerful new human biotechnologies.|
|Within and Beyond the Limits to Human NatureA Working Conference on the Challenges of the New Human Genetic TechnologiesSome 90 civil society activists and others from 70 organizations and 30 countries gathered from October 12-15, 2003 in Berlin to discuss what it will take to build a global movement to bring the new human genetic technologies under social control. |
|Human Cloning and Genetic TechnologyThe Global Challenge to Social Justice, Human Rights and the EnvironmentFebruary 25th, 2003The Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Center for Genetics and Society, and the Worldwatch Institute presented a briefing and discussion in Washington.|
|The Genome as CommonsThrough all the trials and tribulations of human history what binds us in the end is our common humanity, WorldWatchJuly 1st, 2002Perhaps we must put the human genome itself on this endangered commons list, and note that if this genetic commons too is lost to partition and privatization, if it too becomes the privilege of the affluent, then none of us on either side of the divide can be sure of retaining the "humanity" we like to think we've achieved.|
|The Body Shop, The NationApril 22nd, 2002Ralph Brave discusses cloning-based stem cell research and other human biotechnologies in this review of "Our Posthuman Future" by Francis Fukuyama.||