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An Uncomfortable Synthesis of Art and Biologyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 26th, 2011The Natural History Museum in Vienna is hosting the Bio:Fiction Science, Art & Film Festival, which features work about synthetic biology.
Dreams of the Weekby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 18th, 2011Several recent announcements and studies appear to presage renewed interest in manipulating the biology that is thought to control longevity and especially our children's happiness and intelligence.
Petition for an Egg Donor Registryby Pete ShanksBiopolitical 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.
Trust-Busting in the Baby Business?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 5th, 2011An antitrust suit against the ASRM, SART and the Pacific Fertility Center claims they are illegally conspiring to hold down payments for women's eggs.
ESHRE on Reproductive Tourism: Be Niceby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 26th, 2011The ESHRE "Good practice guide for cross-border reproductive care" is better on defining issues than solving problems.
Media Passes Gene Test, Parents Flunkby Pete ShanksBiopolitical 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.
Bioethicists Show How to Disagree Without Rancorby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 19th, 2011Excerpts of a conversation between Arthur Caplan and Robert P. George demonstrate the possibility of constructive discussions about difficult ethical issues.
Forensic DNA databases — without prior arrestby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 12th, 2011Potential offenders, never arrested or even individually identified as suspicious, are now being required to provide the authorities in at least two European towns a sample of their (canine) DNA.
Identical Twins Are Genetically Differentby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 5th, 2011Researchers looking for a genetic basis for schizophrenia report that monozygotic twins, always assumed to be genetically identical, in fact have different DNA.
Gene of the Week: Christianityby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2011Gay scientists are reported to have isolate the 'Christian gene' and to have successfully removed it from experimental rats.
Scotland Yard "seduced for years by science and DNA"by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 29th, 2011Scotland Yard has admitted that basic errors, apparently arising from an over-reliance on forensic DNA, allowed a multiple burglar and rapist to stay free for ten years after he should have been caught, preying on at least another 146 victims.
DNA Databases and Familial Searching: Handle with Careby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 24th, 2011The second California arrest after familial DNA matching should raise more questions, and provoke more discussion, than it so far has.
Profits, Princes and Police DNA Databasesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical 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.
What is it about people who want to clone dogs?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 9th, 2011Another eccentric character is paying $310,000 to have two dogs cloned in Korea.
More on Genetic Rights in the Statesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 4th, 2011California and Vermont have joined Massachusetts in introducing legislation intended to safeguard genetic privacy.
Criminal Surrogacy Ring Exposed in Thailandby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 2nd, 2011Police in Thailand have broken up a criminal operation, apparently based in Taiwan and with an office in Cambodia, that sold the services of Vietnamese women as surrogates.
Pushing the Bioethics Envelope to Serve Neo-Eugenic Purposesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 24th, 2011Prominent British-based bioethicists seem to be changing the terms of debate, in favor of eugenic interventions.
Massachusetts Considers Genetic Bill of Rightsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 21st, 2011A state initiative to protect genetic rights would be a good next step that might spur the Federal government into further action.
More on the Prospects for Genomic Medicineby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 16th, 2011Nature weighs in on the future of effective medical genomics, which seems some decades away.
Isn't It Time to Focus on the Real Future?by Jillian Theil and Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 16th, 2011Time magazine features a glowing story about Ray Kurzweil, of Singularity fame. But does the hoopla around Kurzweil's tomorrow distract from the important problems of today?
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