|Human Stem Cell Cloning: 'Holy Grail' or Techno-Fantasy?, CNNMay 17th, 2013There is definitely something special about this idea of "therapeutic cloning," something that has a religious feel to it. We are told that there will be great medical benefits and that the risks that there will be cloned babies are small, but in truth it's the other way round.|
|Cloning-Derived Stem Cells Raise Policy Questions, Biopolitical TimesMay 16th, 2013Yesterday’s announcement that stem cells have been derived from cloned human embryos set off a media flurry, but important questions about reproductive cloning and women’s health were not widely addressed.|
|Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], NPRMay 16th, 2013The news that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the announcement of the creation of Dolly the sheep in 1997.|
|Talking Biopolitics is Back!, Biopolitical TimesMay 13th, 2013A series of live web-based conversations with cutting-edge thinkers on the social meaning of human biotechnologies will be kicking off next week. RSVP now to join the conversations!
|The Real Problems With Psychiatry, The AtlanticMay 2nd, 2013A psychotherapist contends that the DSM, psychiatry's "bible" that defines all mental illness, is not scientific but a product of unscrupulous politics and bureaucracy.|
|Earth Day in Biopolitics, Biopolitical TimesApril 22nd, 2013In honor of Earth Day, let’s hope for a move away from “greenwashed” PR stunts and techno-fixes toward conservation, sustainability, and social responsibility.|
|Can Human Genes Be Patented?, ScienceApril 17th, 2013The question has been debated for years but not addressed directly by the U.S. Supreme Court—until this week. The decision, expected later this year and from which there is no appeal, could have an impact on hundreds of companies and thousands of researchers.|
|The Right to Speak Out[Editorial]NatureApril 9th, 2013Controversy over the results touted by a genetic-ancestry firm has highlighted the need for reform of the United Kingdom’s restrictive libel law.|
|Shifts in the Global Body Market: Access or Exploitation?, Biopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2013PlanetHospital claims that new surrogacy regulations in India have ruined a “golden opportunity” and paints Mexico and Thailand as the surrogacy frontiers – where it happens to have business arrangements.
|GM Babies?, Biopolitical TimesMarch 5th, 2013A debate about genetically engineered babies is hijacked by slick rhetoric.
|Guidelines for Genetic Testing of Children, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 28th, 2013A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics discusses when doctors should suggest a genetic test for a child.
|DNA and the Constitution[Editorial]The New York TimesFebruary 24th, 2013The substantial harm to innocent people that could result from the misuse of DNA greatly outweighs the benefits. And the safeguard against such harm is the Fourth Amendment, whose fundamental protections the Maryland court upheld. The Supreme Court should do likewise. |
|Billionaires Anoint Biogeeks, ForbesFebruary 20th, 2013A group of Silicon Valley billionaires announced awards of $3 million to each of eleven recipients, in the first round of their "Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences."|
|Yes, Virginia, Your Reproductive Rights Are Compromised , Huffington PostFebruary 12th, 2013In Virginia as in many other states, legislative battles about reproductive rights are front and center. One pending bill proposes reparations for victims of the state's eugenic sterilization policy; the other seeks to end the 30-day waiting period for sterilization.
|Too Much InformationSupreme Court 2013: Why collecting DNA from people who are arrested won’t help solve more crimes., SlateFebruary 12th, 2013Research shows that police solve more crimes not by taking DNA from suspects who have never been convicted, but by collecting more evidence at crime scenes.|
|Inside China’s Genome FactorySequencing a complete human genome may soon cost less than an iPhone. Will BGI-Shenzhen decode yours? , Technology ReviewFebruary 11th, 2013BGI-Shenzhen has become the world’s most prolific sequencer of human, plant, and animal DNA. So far, it claims to have completely sequenced some 50,000 human genomes — far more than any other group.|
|Born to Run the World?, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 17th, 2013Forget about glass ceilings, sexism in employment, gender inequities, and all those other structural and societal policies and practices that put obstacles in the way of women (and racialized groups) getting ahead. Maybe they just lack the "leadership gene."|
|No Easy Answer[Editorial]NatureJanuary 9th, 2013Demands to analyse the DNA of the Connecticut school shooter are misguided and could lead to dangerous stigmatization, or worse.|
|As a Girl in India, I Learned to Be Afraid of Men, The AtlanticJanuary 4th, 2013Sex-selective abortion, female infanticide and the sheer neglect of girls have made for a growing gender gap in India. In the wake of the brutal gang rape of a young paramedical student in Delhi, Indian citizens have taken to the streets to show their outrage. |
|The HealerHow Shinya Yamanaka Transformed the Stem-Cell War and Made Everyone a Winner, SlateOctober 9th, 2012Shinya Yamanaka's research on "induced pluripotent stem cells" earned him a Nobel Prize. But much of the media coverage missed half the story. Yamanaka’s venture wasn’t just an experiment. It was a moral project.|
|Will Gattaca Come True?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], SlateApril 27th, 2012Noninvasive, early fetal tests for sex, paternity, and chromosomal conditions will change pregnancy dramatically — and raise tricky ethical questions.|
|Genetic Discrimination and Ron Paul, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 9th, 2012Genetic discrimination in Canada today is similar to what the US faced prior to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, opposed by presidential candidate Ron Paul.|
|Celebrating Dorothy Roberts and Fatal Invention, Biopolitical TimesOctober 6th, 2011The Center for Genetics and Society co-sponsored two events celebrating Dorothy Roberts' new book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century.
|Of Dogs, Clones and Rick Perry[Quotes Biopolitical Times' Pete Shanks], ForbesSeptember 30th, 2011There's one dog cloning company in the world - and it's the same company that was involved in generating the stem cells Texas Governor Rick Perry had injected into his spine this past July.|
|Racial Disparities in Funding At NIH, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 22nd, 2011Mountains of evidence have shown that racial disparities are prevalent across the health sciences landscape. But new research shows that these disparities do not simply concern traditional issues such as relative rates of asthma or diabetes in certain populations, but also the funding mechanisms used to support scientific research. |
|New Book on the Biopolitics of Race, Biopolitical TimesAugust 18th, 2011Dorothy Roberts' new book meets an urgent need: encouraging greater thought and public discussion on what new genetic technologies mean for society’s understanding of racial difference and its commitment to racial justice. |
|More Arguing About Human Gene Patents in Court, Biopolitical TimesApril 7th, 2011A Federal Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments in the Myriad case, but gave no hint of its decision; either way, many expect it to go to the Supreme Court.
|Habermas Warns of Genetic Claims that Bolster Xenophobia
, Biopolitical TimesNovember 4th, 2010One of the most influential living philosophers uses a New York Times op-ed to caution that "false biological conclusions" are fueling discrimination against Muslim immigrants in Germany.|
|Abolition of HFEA 'won't save anything'BBC NewsSeptember 24th, 2010The former chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, one of many publicly funded non-governmental advisory bodies in the UK that may be scrapped, analyses the gap the abolition of the body will leave.|
|Politics Belong in Science, Biopolitical TimesJune 30th, 2010Reflecting on Venter's recent announcement and Obama's call to study Synthetic Biology, Time's Nancy Gibbs clarifies that political engagement with science is essential.|
|Against the Grain: Progressive Bioethics[Interview with CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], Against the Grain, KPFA RadioApril 19th, 2010The emergence or specter of biotechnologies like assisted reproduction and human cloning has raised thorny ethical issues. According to Marcy Darnovsky, progressives and radicals have not always approached these issues carefully and thoughtfully. Darnovsky talks about designer babies, surrogacy, stem cell research, and much more.|
|Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy, and Politics[Video featuring CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]Center for American ProgressJanuary 7th, 2010A special presentation at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC to mark the publication of the anthology "Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy, and Politics."|
|Biopolitics for the 21st Century, 2020 ScienceDecember 14th, 2009Something is amiss in the interface between emerging technologies and society. Are we less giddy about the techno-future now than we were back in the 20th century? Does technology innovation now serve human needs rather than the imperatives of commerce?
|Promises, Promises, The ScientistNovember 1st, 2009Ill-judged predictions and projections can be embarrassing at best and, at worst, damaging to the authority of science and science policy.|
|Biopolitics, Mythic Science, and Progressive Values, Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy and Politics; edited by Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger (The MIT Press, 2010)October 16th, 2009Progressive biopolitics can and should draw deeply on our commitments to social justice and the common good, to public-sector oversight, to a precautionary sensibility in the face of powerful technologies, and to the broad inclusion of civil society in democratizing science and science policy.|
|ACLU Challenges California Prop. 69 , Biopolitical TimesOctober 16th, 2009Prop. 69’s arrestee provision marks a radical expansion of the government’s power to indefinitely retain intimate information about citizens – many of whom may have done nothing more than be accused of committing a crime.|
|Michael Sandel on genetics, morality, and a new politics of the common good, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 11th, 2009"It is tempting to think that bioengineering our children and ourselves for success in a competitive society is an exercise of freedom. But changing our nature to fit the world, rather than the other way around, is actually the deepest form of disempowerment."|
|Political Science [PDF], Democracy (Summer 2009)Some progressives came to discount the importance of regulation and oversight; overlooked conflicts of interest; and shortchanged discussion of the social and moral implications of science policy. Surely this is the wrong approach to a progressive politics of science.|
|Playing the Gene Card?
A Report on Race and Human BiotechnologyAn ever-increasing number of DNA-based products are being promoted and sold. While many have important benefits, "Playing the Gene Card?" focuses on three that pose particular risks for African American and other minority communities.|
|Presidential Genes?, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 20th, 2009Should we be looking at future candidates' genomes to discover if they have the qualities we need in a president?|
|A new tune for CAMR? Hopefully so., Biopolitical TimesJanuary 16th, 2009The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) seems to be trying to both cool the stem cell wars and to keep them alive|
|Racism and Genomes, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 9th, 2009A Turkish politician has called for the Turkish President's genome to be analyzed to disprove his ethnic purity.|
|Obama and the New Biopolitical ChallengeNovember 12th, 2008President-elect Obama's broadly expressed values and beliefs augur well for efforts to ensure responsible oversight of the new human biotechnologies. But challenges remain. |
|Green's surprising turn on stem cells, Biopolitical TimesNovember 12th, 2008Does Ronald Green's new found moderation on stem cells represent a change in his perspective, or a shift to accommodate the changed political landscape, or something else?|
|RIP: Stem Cells in Politics (2002-2008), Biopolitical TimesNovember 5th, 2008Michigan may have passed its stem cell research initiative, but the real message from this election cycle is the end of embryonic stem cell research as a relevant political issue.|
|All the President’s Genes?, Biopolitical TimesNovember 5th, 2008Some are proposing that we begin to judge candidates by genotype instead of superficial aspects of phenotype|
|The Race Card in Michigan, Biopolitical TimesNovember 3rd, 2008Opponents of Proposal 2 tend to view embryos as an early form of human life and therefore see embryonic stem cell research as unethical human experimentation. To bolster their moral claim regarding the use of vulnerable subjects in scientific research, they are now comparing embryonic stem cell research to the Tuskegee experiment.|
|McCain Equates Embryos and Fetuses in Stem Cell Statement[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds], WiredOctober 19th, 2008John McCain's recent statement on embryonic stem cell research was ambiguous in some ways, but clearly misleading in another: He equated human embryos with fetuses, and used language implying that farming fetuses for their tissues is a realistic possibility.|
|Third Time a Charm for Stem Cell Bill? Probably Not, Biopolitical TimesOctober 4th, 2008A bill to overturn restrictions on the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research has been introduced. Why introduce a bill that has no real chance of becoming law?|
|A Better Road for Obama on Stem Cells , Biopolitical TimesSeptember 25th, 2008Obama needs to put his opponent on the spot for his recent wavering on whether he would, if elected, actually lift the restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.|
|McCain Equates Embryos and Fetuses in Stem Cell Statement[quotes Jesse Reynolds], WiredSeptember 19th, 2008John McCain's recent statement on embryonic stem cell research was ambiguous in some ways, but clearly misleading in another: He equated human embryos with fetuses, and used language implying that farming fetuses for their tissues is a realistic possibility.|
|The spitterati and trickle-down genomics, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 17th, 200823andMe's use of celebrities and glitzy parties to promote its direct-to-consumer DNA tests has deflected attention from the concerns and criticisms of physicians, bioethicists, and regulators.
|Inequality and Human Genetics[Letter to the editor], The New York TimesSeptember 16th, 2008The genetic modification of our children is a practice that conservatives and liberals alike should be able to agree poses far more risks than benefits, and should be taken off the table as an option.|
|Stem Cell Research and the Presidential Candidates, Biopolitical TimesAugust 19th, 2008Over the weekend, the presumptive presidential candidates of the major American political parties each described their positions on embryonic stem research, although the issue is unlikely to feature during the campaign.|
|Dutch Cabinet Crisis Averted... For NowJust a storm in a test tube?, Radio Netherlands WorldwideMay 31st, 2008Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's fourth cabinet has narrowly avoided its first internal crisis caused by the domestic practice of carrying out tests for certain genetic defects on embryos during IVF treatment.|
|UK's Prime Minister Brown vs. scientists, Biopolitical TimesMay 22nd, 2008Like so many writings advocating cloning-based stem cell research, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown's recent op ed drifts to distortion and hyperbole.|
|One gene, two genes; Red genes, blue genes, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 14th, 2008The cover of a recent issue of New Scientist conveniently captures almost all that is wrong with media coverage of genetic discoveries.|
|Doubts on ScienceDebate2008 from Nature, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 8th, 2008The journal Nature has raised serious apprehension about the proposal for a presidential candidates' debate on science.|
|Cloning Critics Split [PDF][Quotes CGS's Richard Hayes], National JournalFebruary 2nd, 2008Concern about cloning animals doesn't overlap with stances on human cloning.|
|The More Things Change..., Biopolitical TimesJanuary 10th, 2008The leading annual public opinion survey concerning biotechnology was recently released. But the deeper I dug into the data, the less relevance I found.|
|A Science Debate?, Biopolitical TimesDecember 24th, 2007A group of science advocates are circulating a public statement calling for a presidential candidate debate on science and technology. But the framing of the issue thus far does not make me optimistic that the right questions would be asked.|
|Human Skin Cells Altered to Be PluripotentEffect on Debate Unclear
[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds], Bureau of National AffairsNovember 24th, 2007As debate continues over whether and how to fund embryonic stem cell research, two groups of scientists report on a method of generating pluripotent stem cells from adult human skin cells, possibly offering a way to exploit this promising field of research without raising some of the ethical questions.|
|Hillary Clinton and the Office of Technology Assessment, Biopolitical TimesOctober 19th, 2007Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton used the fiftieth anniversary of the Soviet Sputnik launch to unveil her science platform. What about her plan to revive Congress's long-defunct Office of Technology Assessment?|
|Reflections on Repro-GeneticsLiberals and Progressives Weigh InGenetic CrossroadsJuly 26th, 2007Several liberal and progressive commentators have weighed in recently on emerging reproductive and genetic technologies. |
|Thoughts on Biotech and Choice, Biopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2007Sam Berger, soon-to-be-former research assistant with the Progressive Bioethics Initiative at the Center for American Progress, has written a thoughtful piece on the "novel challenge" for pro-choice progressives presented by human biotechnologies.|
|Bigger than Dolly?, Genetic CrossroadsJune 29th, 2007Here in the United States, political maneuverings around embryonic stem cell research made headlines throughout June. But this was little more than rehearsed political theatre, reenacting a well-known script. |
|Of Stem Cells and Heartstrings, Washington PostApril 13th, 2007For those who have always thought politicians are a sick bunch, this week's Senate debate on stem cell research provided ample confirmation. With yesterday's debate on the Senate floor, the Oprahfication of American politics is nearly complete.|
|Our Biopolitical Future: Four Scenarios [PDF]World WatchFebruary 28th, 2007CGS Executive Director Richard Hayes's essay is the cover story of the March/April issue of World Watch magazine. The four scenarios, which cover the years between 2007 and 2021, are Libertarian Transhumanism Triumphs, One Family, One Future, A Techno-Eugenic Arms Race, and For the Common Good.
|File Under: Hype, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 24th, 2007US Senator Arlen Spector, a Republican from Pennsylvania: "It is scandalous that eight years have passed since we have known about stem cell research and the potential to conquer all known maladies, and federal funds have not been available for the research."|
|Vote on Stem Cell Research Spotlights Need for Federal OversightJanuary 10th, 2007The stem cell research bill that is expected to pass the House of Representatives tomorrow is a welcome sign of significant bipartisan support on an issue that until now has been divisive. However, bipartisan support poses challenges for research advocates.|
|A rational discussion of stem cell research, Biopolitical TimesDecember 6th, 2006Check out the recent op ed in the San Jose Mercury News by my colleague and co-blogger Parita Shah, "With election over, we can discuss stem-cell research logically."|
|New Directions for Stem Cell Politics?Genetic CrossroadsNovember 15th, 2006As the magnitude of the Democratic win in the midterm elections becomes clear, observers are pondering the new prospects for stem cell research. The election results don't support the "overwhelming mandate" or "successful wedge" interpretation of some pundits. But the political winds have clearly shifted.|
|'Mortal Combat' and Biotechnology, Biopolitical TimesNovember 14th, 2006Check out Will Saletan's latest article in Slate, Mortal Combat: The Exploding Politics of Biotechnology.|
|Mortal CombatThe Exploding Politics of Biotechnology, SlateNovember 11th, 2006"We're so not ready for this. But we can't stop ourselves. So we try to simplify the oncoming technologies, treating them like issues we already know."|
|Missouri's Amendment 2 both passes and fails, Biopolitical TimesNovember 8th, 2006The election results are in, and although Missouri's stem cell initiative passed, it did not truly succeed. A few weeks ago, I proposed three reasons why so much effort (i.e. $30 million) was behind Amendment 2. So, how did its supporters do in these regards?|
|Stem Cell Research in the Midterm ElectionsNovember 8th, 2006Stem cell research was again a contentious and high-profile topic in this year’s elections, but in most races its effectiveness – as a wedge issue for Democrats or a get-out-the-base issue for Republicans – remains unclear.|
|"Stem cell czar" at it again, Biopolitical TimesNovember 3rd, 2006Robert Klein, California's "stem cell czar," is inappropriately politicking again. This time, he's endorsed Democrat John Garamendi for Lt. Governor. It's my understanding that as an appointed state official, he is prohibited from endorsing candidates for office. The way he introduces his endorsement suggests he knows this.|
|Do stem cells work as a wedge?, Biopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2006Leading into the midterm elections, many saw support for stem cell research as a way for Democrats to peel off moderate Republicans and independents. The jury's still out, but some polls suggest this assumption is off base.|
|How low can stem cell ads go?, Biopolitical TimesOctober 26th, 2006This week’s stem cell ads reach new lows of emotional manipulation in an already degraded debate. And with the help of YouTube, they’re reaching stratospheric new heights in political influence.
|Stem Cell Issue Roils Missouri Race, Associated PressOctober 26th, 2006"The battle over stem cell research in Missouri doesn't lack for star power. Ailing actor Michael J. Fox, rock star cancer-survivor Sheryl Crow, Super Bowl hero Kurt Warner, World Series pitcher Jeff Suppan and celebrities galore have all given voters their two cents"|
|Beliefs, New York TimesJuly 22nd, 2006"At play in the case of embryonic stem cell research is the bedrock American belief in the power of science and the promise of medical cures."|
|Prospects murky for US stem cell funding, The ScientistJune 8th, 2006"Leading U.S. senators are hoping to remove political roadblocks and pass legislation allowing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies to make Federal research funds available for newly derived human embryonic stem cells (hESC). "|
|Institute's chairman raps senator for bill, San Diego Union-TribuneJune 8th, 2006"One day before voters went to the polls, the chairman of the state stem cell institute sent a scathing letter to patient advocates around California alleging that secretary of state candidate Sen. Deborah Ortiz was on an _anti-research crusade._ "|
|Stem Cell Caution, Tom PaineMay 24th, 2006"I'm worried because in their over-the-top enthusiasm for stem cell and cloning research, Democrats are ignoring the many ways in which it could, if irresponsibly promoted and inadequately regulated, have consequences at odds with core Democratic values."|
|Democrats push for stem cell vote in US SenateReutersMay 4th, 2006"Senate Democrats sought on Thursday to jump-start a long-awaited debate on legislation to allow federal funding of embryonic stem cell research by considering it while it debates other health measures this month."|
|Democrats Hope to Divide G.O.P. Over Stem Cells, New York TimesApril 24th, 2006"Democrats are pressing their support for embryonic stem cell research in Congressional races around the country, seeking to move back to center stage an issue they believe resonates with voters and to exploit a division between conservatives..."|
|Second-guessing Prop. 71, San Francisco Bay GuardianDecember 22nd, 2004The weekly Bay Guardian takes on Sen. Ortiz, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times for not voicing their concerns over California's Proposition 71 before the election.|
|Scientists split over stem cell measure, Marin Independent JournalOctober 10th, 2004"[T]he debate over Prop. 71 does not break down into camps, such as the religious right versus the liberal left, or Republican versus Democrat. Some local scientists who otherwise back stem cell research say they have strong concerns about the measure."|
|Break the Cloning Deadlock, Christian Science MonitorJune 10th, 2002After a year of intense debate, the US Senate is set to vote on human cloning. Is there a way to break this deadlock? Yes, but it will require of both sides a realization of what is at stake and a willingness to compromise.|
|It's worth copying Canada's model for cloning legislation, Seattle TimesJune 3rd, 2002The United States should take the Canadian experience to heart. A broad and informed debate is essential if we are to realize the best and avoid the worst that the new genetic technologies have to offer. We cannot afford to do less on a matter of such consequence.|
|A Timeout on Cloning Embryos, Baltimore SunApril 23rd, 2002The U.S. Senate is set to vote on human cloning within the next few weeks. Unfortunately, a polarized political climate and lack of political leadership could block urgently needed legislation.|
|Nucleus of the debateCall a timeout on cloning embryos for research, San Francisco ChronicleApril 17th, 2002Human Cloning will soon be voted on by the U.S. Senate. Unfortunately, a polarized political climate and lack of political leadership could block urgently needed legislation.|
|Liberal Anti-Cloners Up to Bat, WiredMarch 19th, 2002A group of self-proclaimed liberal, pro-choice leaders held a press conference Tuesday to influence the Senate's votes on an anti-cloning bill.|
|The Case Against Designer BabiesThe Politics of Genetic Enhancement, Redesigning Life? The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering, edited by Brian Tokar, New York: Zed Books, 2001November 30th, 2000|
|SuperhumansLike it or not, in a few short years we'll have the power to control our own evolution, New ScientistOctober 1st, 1998||