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Still Waiting for the Genomic Revolution in Medicineby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 8th, 2011Ten years after the publication of the first drafts of the human genome, the clinical value of genomics is controversial.
Appeals Court Overturns Sentence Based on "Porn Gene"by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 2nd, 2011A judge increased a sentence because he believed the offender had a gene that would eventually be identified; the Court of Appeals called this a "plain error" and sent the case to a different judge for re-sentencing.
Feds to Pay States to Expand Forensic DNA Databases?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 26th, 2011A newly introduced bill would incentivize states to expand the collection of DNA from people arrested for certain crimes, before trial let alone conviction.
Will the UK legalize paying women for their eggs?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2011The UK is starting a public consultation that is widely considered to be an attempt to evade the ban on paying for eggs and sperm.
Testing for Brainsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2011Discussing DTC tests, even libertarians seem to slip into some kind of contradictory acceptance of regulation.
Dog, Inc.: A Book About Peopleby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 11th, 2011A new book about dog cloning offers a deadpan description of the people involved.
Top News Stories of 2010by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 21st, 2010The year saw some notable headlines about human biotech issues, controversies both entertaining and tragic, and a number of significant but tentative adjustments to the law.
Twists and Turns in California Stem Cell Leadershipby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 14th, 2010The position of Chairman at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has become embroiled in controversy.
Gene of the Week: One-night standby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 7th, 2010A small, tentative study is over-hyped even by its authors to emphasize casual sex.
The Corrupting Influence of the Business of Biotechby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 23rd, 2010Many scientists seem oblivious of the potential that industry funding offers for conflicts of interest.
Europeans Want Regulation for Biotechby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 18th, 2010The latest Eurobarometer report on biotechnology shows that Europeans, in general, support medical uses of technology as long as they are carefully regulated.
Science in the New York Timesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2010The anniversary issue of the Science Times section includes analysis and predictions as well as news.
Mixed Signals About the Business of DTC Gene Testsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 10th, 2010Consumers may not get much benefit from gene tests, but perhaps big pharma will.
New ETC Report on Synthetic Biology & the Global Biomass Grabby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 3rd, 2010"The New Biomassters" considers the wider implications of the proposed new bioeconomy, which will exploit the people of the global South.
Group That Pays Addicts to Be Sterilized Takes Its Publicity Abroadby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 28th, 2010The controversial Project Prevention has just paid its first British addict to be sterilized, and plans outreach to Australia.
Abolishing (and Replacing) the UK HFEAby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 28th, 2010The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is to be abolished, as part of a massive governmental reorganization, and its responsibilities reassigned.
Embryonic Stem Cells: A Small Step Forward?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 21st, 2010Geron's first clinical trial involving embryonic stem cells is greeted without much enthusiasm -- except by its competitors.
Nobel Award for IVF Sparks Speculationby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2010The Nobel Prize awarded to Robert Edwards, for developing IVF, provoked some disturbing speculation.
Building Brighter Kids? Not exactlyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2010A Time Healthland headline grossly distorts a legitimate study on the effects of IVF on children.
NIH Ethics Advisory Committee Disbandedby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 30th, 2010The abrupt cancellation of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society is a disquieting development.
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