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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
60 Minutes Exposes Stem Cell Scams — Againby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 10th, 2012For the second time in two years, 60 Minutes exposes a stem-cell scam and stresses that these are not isolated instances.
News of the Year 2011by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2011Sex selection, surrogacy and gamete donation became public controversies; shock waves rocked the stem-cell business; and other news of the year.
Top Biopolitical Times Blog Posts of 2011by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2011Our favorite posts of 2011: We comment on race and genes in the patent office and the courts; surrogacy and other scandals; prisoners in clinical trials; a porn gene, a Christian gene, and a gene ring; disability justice and cyborg fantasy; sex selection in the US; reverse evolving the chicken; and more.
Ethics Concerns about Geron's Exit from the Stem Cell Businessby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 15th, 2011Some stem-cell scientists and bioethicists are critical of Geron's early termination of a clinical trial and willingness to include one last patient.
Payment for Bone Marrow Donors?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 8th, 2011A federal appeals court has ruled that in certain circumstances it may be legal to pay for materials used in bone marrow transplants; Professors Greely and Capron respond.
Signs of Skepticism About DNA Forensicsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 1st, 2011Several recent editorials and other articles are expressing a more nuanced view of the issues involved in DNA forensic databases.
Geron Quits the Embryonic Stem Cell Industryby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 16th, 2011Geron has cancelled its clinical trial of a stem-cell treatment for spinal cord injuries, raising questions about the future of the company and the industry.
Visa Wants to Make Money off Your DNAby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 3rd, 2011Visa has filed a patent application for a process that would use, among other sources, DNA databases to identify potential advertising targets.
Moral Obligations For Thee But Not For Me?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2011Calls for the general public to volunteer for clinical trials sit strangely with the behavior of some pharmaceutical companies and physicians.
Hwang Clones Coyotes, Scores Headlinesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 19th, 2011Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk continues his efforts at rehabilitation by cloning endangered coyotes.
More on Cash for Eggsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 13th, 2011The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has issued a report about the provision of human bodily material for medicine and for research, including the issue of payment for gametes.
A Campaign to Allow a Market in Women's Eggs for a New Kind of Cloning Researchby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2011An article about a new approach to cloning research was published this week, along with a coordinated and obviously political effort to encourage paying women to undergo egg extraction for research.
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