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Jillian Theil graduated June, 2010 from UCLA with a BA in Political Science,  with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Society and Genetics. As part of her work as an undergraduate student researcher for the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, she helped to develop a curriculum and team-teach genetic concepts and the social implications of biotechnology to high school students in Watts, California. She is also the co-president and co-founder of the Society and Genetics Undergraduate Organization, which explores the implications of biotechnologies for society through discussions, philanthropic activities, and workshops. In 2009, she spent a semester abroad in Bilbao, Spain studying Spanish and international relations. She has also worked as a research assistant on the 2010 annual symposium at UCLA, Outlaw Biology?: Public Participation in the Age of Big Bio.

Egg Donation Surveyby Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesAugust 2nd, 2011A survey circulated by Generations Ahead is collecting information on how women think and feel about egg donation.
Axing Gamete Donor Anonymity: British Columbia Ruling Reflects Growing Global Conversation by Jillian TheilRH Reality CheckMay 26th, 2011A British Columbia judge has ruled that anonymity for gamete donors in the Canadian province is unconstitutional.
Gene of the Week: Attack on the "Warrior Gene"by Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesMay 11th, 2011In an effort to expose the “blame-it-on-our-genes-craze,” John Horgan at Scientific American takes a closer look at the so-called warrior gene.
Another Expansion of DNA Databases: South Korea Collects DNA from Labor Unionistsby Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesApril 14th, 2011South Korea is expanding its DNA database to include labor activists, which is proving controversial, while the US and other countries try to define the scope of their own.
FDA Considers Regulation of DTC Gene Tests, Setting Blogs Ablaze by Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesMarch 17th, 2011Supporters and critics of direct-to-consumer gene tests debate an FDA advisory panel’s recommendations to conduct them in medical settings.
Are We Protecting Human Subjects? by Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesMarch 7th, 2011A panel has been created to review the adequacy of current human subjects protections at home and abroad.
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?
Fertility Industry Fraud…Yet Again by Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesFebruary 14th, 2011An Idaho fertility company failed to pay egg donors and lied to investigators when questioned about the non-payments.
Mother Jones’ Illustrated Epigenetic Primerby Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesFebruary 10th, 2011Mother Jones features “The Illustrated Guide to Epigenetics.”
Uncle Sam could want YOU and your DNA, tooby Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesJanuary 20th, 2011A secretive group of scientific advisors recommends that the Department of Defense collect DNA from US soldiers, and gives little attention to the potential implications of such a practice.
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