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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.
A Campaign to Allow a Market in Women's Eggs for a New Kind of Cloning Researchby Pete ShanksOctober 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.
Stem Cells Update: Clinical Trials, Possible Funds, Long-Range Visions and Short-Term Scamsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 29th, 2011Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are edging back into the spotlight, with some tentatively hopeful news, and some schemes, visions, government money and possible scams.
Cats as Experimental Animals for Human Diseasesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 15th, 2011Genetically modified cats have been created, partly in the hopes of advancing AIDS research.
Yet Another Idea for Using Biotechnology to Rescue Endangered Speciesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 8th, 2011Scientists have reprogrammed skin cells from two endangered species into stem cells, and hope to use them to generate gametes, which has provoked press speculation.
Science Magazine Boosts Synthetic Biologyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 7th, 2011A special feature in Science magazine is devoted to promoting synthetic biology.
More on the Guatemala Syphilis Scandalby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 1st, 2011The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded its investigation of the horrifying Guatemalan syphilis experiments this week, and began to consider some new regulations.
The Blade Runner's Personal Victoryby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 31st, 2011Oscar Pistorius, running on two prosthetic legs, reached the semifinals of the track and field World Championship 400m race, encouraging some potentially important discussions.
Regulating the "Global Baby"by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 4th, 2011George Annas analyzes last year's Canadian Supreme Court decision about regulating assisted reproduction, and the implications for the U.S. and other countries.
The Myriad Breast Cancer Patent Case Continuesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 1st, 2011A federal appeals court mostly overturned the lower court ruling that invalidated Myriad's patents on breast cancer genes, but further appeals are expected.
How to Hack a Genomeby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 20th, 2011Synthetic biology seems to have taken a major step forward, with the publication of a technique for making multiple alterations to a living genome.
Fallout from Using DNA to Identify Osama bin Ladenby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 13th, 2011The CIA organised a fake vaccination program in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from Osama bin Laden's family.
New Chair for California Stem Cell Agencyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 29th, 2011By a narrow margin, the CIRM board elected financier Jonathan Thomas as Chair, provoking significant criticism over his huge salary.
Promoting a Genetic Basis for Crimeby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 23rd, 2011An article in the New York Times celebrates a misguided trend toward genetic explanations for crime.
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