|The Unregulated Sperm Industry, The New York TimesNovember 30th, 2013The new movie “Delivery Man” stars a former sperm donor who finds out that he has more than 500 children. Is this a Hollywood exaggeration or a possible outcome? Truth is, no one knows.|
|Are Three Parents One Too Many?[Quotes CGS], BloombergNovember 27th, 2013The U.K. may soon approve a regulatory proposal that would allow scientists to create a human embryo using the DNA of three individuals. What’s striking is how the many opponents span the political spectrum.|
|What Huxley Knew, Letter to the New York TimesNovember 24th, 2013Huxley’s assembly-line baby factories were an exaggeration, but it’s a mistake to dismiss too quickly his fears about the genetic manipulation of the species.|
|Remembering Adrienne Asch, Biopolitical TimesNovember 21st, 2013We mourn the death and deeply appreciate the life of Adrienne Asch, bioethicist, scholar, and disability rights activist.
|Company Patenting Tech for Designing Babies[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], KTVUNovember 20th, 2013Biotechnology may give parents unprecedented choices. Fertility clinics already use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to select traits for some in-vitro babies, but intentional manipulation might create ethical nightmares.|
|The IVF Data WarsNovember 15th, 2013The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recently asserted that 60 percent of women who go through IVF end up with a baby, but this is a misleading figure for a number of reasons.|
|Designing Children, Genomics Law ReportNovember 12th, 2013Some degree of mastery over the genetic future of the human species seems to be a possibility. For whom and for what does this technology exist?|
|Future Past: Disability, Eugenics, & Brave New Worlds, Biopolitical TimesNovember 7th, 2013A public symposium held on November 1 at San Francisco State University provided a rare and important opportunity to engage with the historical and ongoing implications of eugenic ideologies and practices for people with disabilities.
|A Conception Conundrum[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober], Psychology TodayNovember 4th, 2013Many donor-conceived children voice "genetic bewilderment" about their origins. Can the trend towards open-identity donation address these existential concerns?|
|ASRM Meeting: What to Know, Biopolitical TimesOctober 24th, 2013The annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the fertility industry organization, typically generates headlines. Here are some of this year’s top stories.|
|FDA Meeting on Germline Mitochondrial Replacement Postponed, Biopolitical TimesOctober 22nd, 2013The FDA public meeting to discuss a form of human inheritable genetic modification has been postponed because of the aftermath of the government shutdown; now there is more time to spread the word and get involved.|
|Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], Dissident VoiceOctober 17th, 2013Medical science and reproductive technologies are imploring us to consider if our genetic material is ours – solely – once it has been shared through natural reproduction or in a laboratory resulting in another life.|
|The Clone Named Dolly, The New York TimesOctober 14th, 2013This week’s Retro Report video tells the story of Dolly the sheep. The Scottish scientists who created her recall the painstaking process of trying to get the experiment to work.|
|Letter to the FDA on mitochondrial transferCGS's letter regarding the FDA's public meeting of the Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee scheduled for October 22-23, 2013 [now postponed] to discuss the advisability of mitochondrial replacement techniques.|
|The Arlene Bynon Show[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], The Arlene Bynon ShowOctober 7th, 2013Marcy Darnovsky discusses 23andMe's recent "designer baby" patent with on a national affairs program broadcast on SiriusXM. |
|23andMe's Designer Baby Patent, Huffington PostOctober 4th, 2013Even if 23andMe doesn't bring its donor selection technique to market, a patent award sends the message that this is an invention whose development should be protected and promoted.|
|Girls Not Allowed, New InternationalistOctober 4th, 2013Honest regulation of sex selection, however tricky to enforce, is necessary because individual acts are having extremely harmful collective consequences.|
|23andMe's 'Build-a-Baby' Patent Criticised[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]BBC NewsOctober 3rd, 2013A US patent for a database that uses DNA testing to tell prospective parents which traits their future offspring may inherit has been criticised by experts.
|[VIDEO] Debating Embryonic Genetic Testing[With CGS Advisory Board member Francine Coeytaux]The DoctorsOctober 1st, 2013New genetic tests, including Next Generation Sequencing, can radically improve the odds of a healthy, full term pregnancy … but where do we draw the line? Hear more from The Doctors.|
|Sun, sand and surrogates, Calgary HeraldSeptember 30th, 2013International surrogacy is fraught with ethical and medical dilemmas, including the possibility that the women who bear children for others are being exploited. |
|Outsourcing a Life[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 30th, 2013The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, India allowed a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and photographer full access to its facilities, except for the delivery room.|
|Scientists Warn Against “Three-Parent IVF” Experiment, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 25th, 2013Three evolutionary biologists enumerate a number of scientific studies and methodological shortcomings that have been overlooked in the debate on mitochondrial replacement. Their study has elicited numerous defensive responses, despite bringing important details to bear.|
|Recent Surrogacy Disputes in Focus, BioNewsSeptember 16th, 2013Surrogacy law and policy differs considerably between countries. Some jurisdictions ban or restrict the practice of surrogacy, whilst others have no legal regulation and some permit it on a commercial basis.|
|Designer Babies[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], Blog Talk RadioSeptember 12th, 2013This week's Roundtable with Stephanie Robinson takes on science, the field of genetics, and the current dilemma regarding its ethics and limitations.|
|Selling the Fantasy of Fertility, The New York TimesSeptember 11th, 2013A trade show will showcase the latest inventions in the world of reproductive medicine with the suggestion that all your answers can be found within the event hall. But science fails far more often than is generally believed.|
|Stem Cells: Egg Engineers, NatureAugust 21st, 2013In a technical tour de force, Japanese researchers created eggs and sperm in the laboratory. Now, scientists have to determine how to use those cells safely — and ethically.|
|Should Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?, KQEDAugust 19th, 2013A bill prompted by a custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights. Opponents say it could undercut the rights of same-sex couples and single mothers. |
|Is Eugenics Ever Okay?, GenotopiaJuly 26th, 2013Recognizing that we are grasping the reins of human evolution as fast as we can raises two sets of concerns. First, “What if it doesn’t work?” Second, "What if it does?"|
|Made With Love, Biopolitical TimesJuly 22nd, 2013The first baby has been born following “next generation genetic sequencing” of IVF embryos. What are the implications?|
|Nest Egg, Hyphen MagazineJuly 19th, 2013Asian women command a high price for their eggs, but is it worth the risk? A look at several different personal accounts.
|Eight Misconceptions about “Three-Parent Babies”, Biopolitical TimesJuly 9th, 2013Amid the talk about “mitochondria replacement” or “three-parent babies," here are the top misconceptions proliferating about the efficacy, safety, public support, and societal implications.|
|Three Person IVF, Practical EthicsJune 29th, 2013Unfortunately, this debate, like so many others in announcements of developing science and technology related to health in general and genetics in particular, is marred by hype and by urgency.|
|Three Parent Baby[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]KPIX HealthWatchJune 27th, 2013Mitochondrial replacement would create "three parent babies," and could be attempted in humans soon, but carries risks to the child and broad societal consequences.|
|Lieber Adoptieren, The EuropeanJune 26th, 2013Die Keimbahntherapie weckt falsche Hoffnungen. Den Nutzen, den sie für eine winzige Minderheit bedeuten könnte, wiege das hohe Risiko keineswegs auf.|
|Time for the US to Ban Human Reproductive Cloning, Biopolitical TimesJune 12th, 2013A major fertility clinic reacted to the recent research cloning paper by speculating that human reproductive cloning may be on the way — demonstrating the need for the United States to join the dozens of countries that already prohibit it.|
|Pregnant at 60Where there's a uterus, there's a way? , The AtlanticMay 22nd, 2013A look behind the headlines reveals a 35-year landscape of assisted reproductive technologies that continue to fail far more often than is reported, particularly in older women. |
|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.|
|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.|
|Made-to-Order Embryos: You Want to Sell What?!, Biopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2013The fact that a fertility clinic can own and sell made-to-order embryos for profit raises novel concerns that should not be collapsed into predefined frameworks used to assess other assisted reproductive technologies.
|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.|
|Egg Freezing: WTF?*[Op-Ed], The Feminist WireApril 14th, 2013Egg freezing is invasive, dangerous, unregulated, and insanely expensive. Worse, it isn’t a social solution, so it cannot address the social causes that make it so difficult to balance career and family.|
|IVF And The Legacy Of Its Inventors[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], ForbesApril 12th, 201335 years after Robert G. Edwards co-developed in-vitro fertilization, the assisted reproduction industry in the US remains controversial.|
|Baby Boom: Indian Women Giving Birth to U.S. Babies, CBS NewsApril 10th, 2013A lot of businesses go to India for inexpensive labor and it turns out American couples are doing the same. One village has become a center for cut-rate surrogacy, offering young women who will be carrying babies to term.|
|Powder women's eggs for home storage , New ScientistApril 4th, 2013In future, women may be able to store their eggs at home as a powder. To revive them for an attempt at a baby, all they would need to do is empty the sachet, add water, fertilise with sperm and implant the embryo.|
|Tough Calls on Prenatal Tests , Wall Street JournalApril 3rd, 2013New prenatal gene tests are reshaping care for expectant mothers, but their rapid rollout has raised fears that poorly understood results could lead to confusion among patients and doctors. |
|Shifts in the Global Body Market: Access or Exploitation?, Biopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2013PlanetHospital claims that new surrogacy regulations in India have ruined a “golden opportunity” and paints Mexico and Thailand as the surrogacy frontiers – where it happens to have business arrangements.
|Cloning, De-extinction, and Possibly Human Applications, Biopolitical TimesMarch 29th, 2013Synthetic biologist and entrepreneur George Church and cloning expert Robert Lanza are starting a company to change animal reproduction — and maybe human, too, but they wouldn't say that even if it were true. |
|Surrogate Offered $10,000 to Abort Baby, CNNMarch 6th, 2013A surrogate refused to have an abortion after severe abnormalities were spotted on an ultrasound and moved to Michigan, where she became the legal mother.|
|GM Babies?, Biopolitical TimesMarch 5th, 2013A debate about genetically engineered babies is hijacked by slick rhetoric.
|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.|
|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. |
|Transparency is the VictimThe HinduJanuary 27th, 2013In the absence of effective oversight of assisted reproduction practices, some medical institutions in Delhi are flouting medical and ethical rules with aplomb.|
|Neo Neanderthal[With CGS's Pete Shanks], HuffPost LiveJanuary 25th, 2013A leading geneticist at Harvard Medical School says he can clone a Neanderthal and resurrect the extinct species. What are the ethical issues, risks and benefits?|
|Is Egg Donation Dangerous?, MaisonneuveJanuary 21st, 2013About five hundred egg donations take place in Canada every year, and experts say the process is very safe. But some donors face serious health problems—and doctors may be underestimating the risks.|
|Brave New Cells?, Project SyndicateDecember 29th, 2012Supporters of mitochondria replacement neglect a crucial factor in the debate: the techniques being developed involve permanent genetic alterations passed on to future generations.|
|Human Cloning 'Within 50 Years', The Telegraph (UK)December 18th, 2012Parents who lose children in accidents may be able to clone "copies" to replace them within 50 years, a British scientist who won this year's Nobel prize for medicine has predicted.
|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.
|Good Egg, Good TimesNovember 7th, 2012Santa Cruzan Raquel Cool discusses the controversial human egg trade, and her own experience making a living in it.|
|Frozen Eggs[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], NPR On PointOctober 26th, 2012Should women freeze their eggs as a lifestyle choice?|
|IVF Linked to More Birth Defects, TimeOctober 22nd, 2012Researchers report that in vitro fertilization may increase birth defect risk among children born through the technique, especially in the heart, eyes, reproductive organs and urinary systems.|
|Anatomy of a Webpage, Part 2: Preconception ServicesOctober 17th, 2012People living with genetic diseases become medicalized abstractions of risk and defect in the slick marketing of fetal gene tests. More than a matter of semantics, such simplification has negative consequences for all.|
|Is This Informal Surrogacy or Exploitation?, Biopolitical TimesOctober 2nd, 2012A bizarre situation in Texas is either the result of a horrible misunderstanding about an informal, unpaid surrogacy or an appalling case of exploitation.|
|Study Finds Birth Defects Down Among IVF Babies, ReutersSeptember 28th, 2012Scientists don't know why IVF babies have an increased risk of birth defects in the first place. Researchers think the rates may be down because of changes including lower doses of ovarian stimulation medication and increased availability of ART techniques.|
|How To Buy A Daughter[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
HuffPost LiveSeptember 18th, 2012Gender selection procedures make up a $100 million per year industry. But are women embracing a new reproductive freedom or paying for risky, high-tech eugenics?|
|Sperm Precursor Cells Created in Lab, BioEdgeSeptember 7th, 2012Scientists may soon be able to create artificial sperm from a skin cell. Proponents extol benefits for sterile men; opponents warn of future obsolescence of males.|
|The Limitations of Voluntary Guidelines, Biopolitical TimesAugust 21st, 2012Guidelines on paying for women's eggs and on embryo implantation are regularly being ignored, even by members of the fertility industry's professional organization.|
|Changes for India’s ART Industry?, Biopolitical TimesAugust 6th, 2012The recent death of a surrogate in India, along with new information about the 2010 death of a 17-year-old who had repeatedly sold her eggs, have built support for regulation of assisted reproduction. A draft bill would provide some safeguards, but Indian women’s health advocates say other provisions “leave much to be desired.”|
|Startling Admissions in IVF Journal, BioEdgeAugust 4th, 2012Some IVF patients are being offered risky, unsafe techniques which offer dubious benefits, according to an article in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online.|
|IVF Study Shows One Embryo is Best, ABC NewsJuly 5th, 2012Australian researchers have discovered that the rate of perinatal deaths in IVF can be considerably reduced when only one embryo is used in the fertility treatment.|
|Couples Use IVF to Pick Genes, The AgeJuly 3rd, 2012Fertile women with genes that predispose them to breast and ovarian cancers are using preimplantation genetic diagnosis to select embryos without the genes.|
|Surrogacy Gives Birth to IndustryOregon's Medical Advances, Willing Mothers Attract International Clients Who Bring Cash With Their Dreams, Portland TribuneJune 21st, 2012Couples from around the world looking for surrogate gestational carriers have discovered Oregon, with its liberal surrogate laws and highly rated reproductive medicine clinics.|
|DNA Blueprint for Fetus Built Using Tests of Parents[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], The New York TimesJune 6th, 2012Using only a blood sample from the pregnant woman and a saliva specimen from the father, researchers explain that “Our capacity to generate data is outstripping our ability to interpret it in ways that are useful to physicians and patients.” |
|Eggs From a Different Perspective, Biopolitical TimesMay 17th, 2012Mainstream coverage of egg freezing fails to bring a diversity of perspectives into the conversation.|
|£750 for your eggs, Daily MailMay 11th, 2012A fertility firm targets Cambridge University as critics blast the company for exploiting financially vulnerable students.|
|Will Gattaca Come True?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], SlateApril 27th, 2012Noninvasive, early fetal tests for sex, paternity, and chromosomal conditions will change pregnancy dramatically — and raise tricky ethical questions.|