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Sex Selection, Politics and U.S. Lawby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 31st, 2012A cynical attempt to make access to abortion harder by banning selective-abortion failed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
More Fun with Genomic Studiesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 30th, 2012A gene of the week for smoking, and cheerful genetic news about very old people.
Genomic Medicine Stumbles Forwardby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 29th, 2012Recent reports that all of us have large numbers of rare genetic variants complicate the prospects for therapies.
Another Commercial for Dog Cloningby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 25th, 2012A TV network seems to be attempting a proof of PT Barnum's famous proposition.
Bioeconomy in South Korea, Again by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 15th, 2012South Korea is investing in the bioeconomy again, despite the scandals of the last decade.
A New Technique for Human Genetic Modification?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 1st, 2012Chinese scientists have developed a new way to reproduce genetically modified mice, and are already speculating about human applications.
Mara Hvistendahl's Unnatural Selection Finalist for Pulitzer by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 26th, 2012Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men has been cited as one of the best books of 2011 by many publications, and has now been recognized by the Pulitzer Board as a finalist for the General Nonfiction award.
Anonymous DNA? No, It's Notby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 19th, 2012An article in Nature Genetics essentially says that keeping aggregated DNA data anonymous is impossible, which raises important questions about privacy and the conduct of research.
Discussing Transhumanism on Al-Jazeeraby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 5th, 2012Al Jazeera, the global TV and multimedia news organization, recently featured a discussion of transhumanism.
A Burst of Useful (Not Utilitarian) Bloggingby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 22nd, 2012Bioethicists' articles about the permissibility of infanticide and a pill for racism have been drawing a buzz of outrage.
Gene of the Week Not!by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 5th, 2012A pair of political scientists who specialize in behavioral genetics demolish a paper for claiming that "two genes predict political voter turnout" and then draw much broader conclusions about the failures of reductionist genomics.
Stem Cell Fraud Is the Real Issue in Texasby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 2nd, 2012Bioethicist Glenn McGee has resigned from Celltex. His connection with the controversial stem-cell company has raised important issues about its business practices.
Worrying New Signs of Interest in Re-engineering Humansby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 23rd, 2012Several academics and defense department employees are actively discussing the idea of engineering people, for warfare, to express social values and even to react to climate change.
Rick Perry, Glenn McGee and Selling Texas Stem Cellsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 16th, 2012Gov. Perry is actively promoting an industry based on adult stem cells, in which Glenn McGee, until recently editor of the American Journal of Bioethics, is now employed.
First Cloned Pet Turns 10by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 15th, 2012The first cloned cat was announced 10 years ago this week, but her birth did not herald a successful industry.
Unethical Bioethicists?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 10th, 2012Questions are swirling around the American Journal of Bioethics, whose founder and former editor has moved on to work for a stem-cell company, while his wife moves up to co-editor.
Gene of the Week: Wall Street!by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 8th, 2012An article in the Wall Street Journal, citing published research, speculates about the existence of a "Wall Street Gene" and proposes testing for it.
ACT Publishes First, Tentative Results of Embryonic Stem Cell Trialby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 25th, 2012Advanced Cell Technology released very limited but mildly promising preliminary results of its clinical trial, and convinced some, though not all, reporters to hype it.
A New Push for Human Cloning in Koreaby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 20th, 2012Korean Professor Park Se-pill has confidently announced his intention to clone human embryos and derive stem cells from them, and is even willing to discuss human reproductive cloning.
Dog Cloning Infomercial on TVby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 12th, 2012A soft-focus TV documentary downplayed the practical realities of dog cloning in favor of kooky-human dramas
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