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Countries differ widely in the types of human biotechnologies they regulate, the jurisdiction of authority, the nature of enforcement, and other particulars. One requirement for effective policy is a government agency responsible for licensing and monitoring research and commercial facilities that work with human embryos. Frequently cited models are Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act and the United Kingdom’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Many countries have considered prohibiting the most troubling applications: human reproductive cloning and inheritable genetic modification. To date, they are illegal in nearly 50 countries. Similar legislation is pending in other nations.



Safety Concerns Remain Over Three-Person IVFby Ted MorrowThe GuardianJuly 22nd, 2014Using mitochondrial replacement therapy to create embryos with DNA from three people could have serious consequences.
Insurance Companies Shouldn’t Seek Genetic Test Results, Says Privacy Watchdogby Steve RennieThe Canadian PressJuly 10th, 2014Canada’s privacy watchdog is urging insurance companies and others to stop asking applicants for access to the results of genetic tests.
Would-Be Parents Fleeced, Surrogates Abandoned by Mexican Surrogacy Operation Planet Hospitalby Jane Cowan and Bronwen ReedABC [Australia]July 8th, 2014An unscrupulous surrogacy operation in Mexico has left clients thousands of dollars out of pocket, and dozens of would-be surrogates abandoned.
Seedy Tale: Chinese Researchers Stole Patented Corn, U.S. Prosecutors Allegeby Mara HvistendahlScienceJuly 7th, 2014Over a span of years, a Chinese company allegedly came up with various ways of stealing coveted seed lines developed by agricultural giants DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto, and LG Seeds.
Big Money Riding on the Hopes and Dreams of the Unwilling Childlessby Terry BarnesThe AgeJuly 1st, 2014Fertility clinics operate in an industry that is capable of exploiting those desperate to have children.
European Human Rights Court Orders France to Recognise Surrogate-Mother ChildrenRFIJune 26th, 2014France has the right to ban surrogate parenthood but not to refuse granting legal status to children born to surrogate mothers, the Court ruled.
Brides For Sale: Vietnamese Women Trafficked to Chinaby Cat BartonAFPJune 25th, 2014Women from countries including Vietnam, North Korea, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar are being forced into marriages in China, where there is one of the worst gender imbalances in the world.
Isolated Nucleic Acids are Patent Eligible in Australiaby Shelley RowlandLexologyJune 25th, 2014Applicants opposed to the patenting of human genetic material have lodged an appeal against Australia's Full Federal Court.
Selling Stem Cells Honestlyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 25th, 2014Scientists around the world are campaigning in favor of sensible regulation of stem-cell therapies. It’s about time.
Ombudsman Warns Surrogacy Law Could Leave Children Statelessby Ruadhán Mac CormaicThe Irish TimesJune 24th, 2014The Irish Government should explain what will happen to children whose parents break the law by entering into a commercial surrogacy deal, advised the Children’s Ombudsman.
White Rabbitby Patricia J. WilliamsThe NationJune 23rd, 2014In a guise of scientific seriousness, Nicholas Wade’s new book revives the discredited ideas of history’s most notorious racists.
Passport Delay Leaves Surrogate Babies Stranded in IndiaBBCJune 20th, 2014The British government is being urged to allow a couple whose babies were born in a surrogacy arrangement to issue them passports.
Underground Business Cashes in on Infertile Couplesby Li YanGlobal TimesJune 17th, 2014Business is booming in the Chinese mainland's black market in women's eggs, where agencies advertise their underground services to infertile couples.
Donor Deaths in India Highlight Surrogacy Perilsby Swapna MajundarThomson Reuters FoundationJune 16th, 2014Advocates are pressing the government to publicize health warnings and pass regulations.
Stem Cells: Taking a Stand Against Pseudoscienceby Elena Cattaneo & Gilberto CorbelliniNatureJune 16th, 2014A pharmacologist and a bioethicist working to protect patients from questionable stem-cell therapies share their experiences in the fight against predatory pseudoscience.
Sweeping Diversity Seen in Mexican Genomesby Erika Check HaydenNatureJune 12th, 2014In some cases, the Mexicans studied are as genetically distinct from each other as are people from different continents.
Jordan’s Stem-Cell Law Can Guide The Middle Eastby Rana DajaniNatureJune 11th, 2014The law bans payment for donations of stem cells and eggs, and says that modified and manipulated cells are not to be used for human reproduction.
Property Rights and the Human Bodyby Jennifer K. WagnerGenomics Law ReportJune 11th, 2014A Canadian court decided that human tissue removed from the body for diagnostic medical tests is “personal property” that belongs to the hospital.
CRG Led Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative Publishes Article in the Egyptian Journal of Forensic Scienceby JeegCouncil for Responsible GeneticsJune 9th, 2014Some safeguards are implemented at the national or regional level for DNA databases but there is an ongoing lack of global standards and a need for more societal engagement and debate.
When and How Will We Regulate Synthetic Biology?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 6th, 2014Several discussion documents about potential ways to regulate synthetic biology, nationally and internationally, have recently been published. They range from serious efforts to industry public relations exercises.
Genetic Tests Suggest STAP Stem Cells ‘Never Existed’by David CyranoskiNature News BlogJune 3rd, 2014Does the phenomenon, known as stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP, exist? The answer, according to Japanese media reports on the results of genetic tests, is no.
Genomic Controversy in Iceland: Déja Vu All Over Againby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 28th, 2014DeCODE Genetics has launched another attempt to gather the population of Iceland into a genetic database.
Why I Won’t Give a Sample of my DNA to Decode Geneticsby Alda SigmundsdóttirThe Iceland Weather ReportMay 19th, 2014Decode Genetics wants 100,000 Icelanders to give them DNA samples to put into their database. Here is why I have decided NOT to.
Desperate for a Baby: Scammed in Global Surrogacy's Newest Frontierby Caroline Cooper, Adam May and Anna ChristiansenAl Jazeera AmericaMay 15th, 2014The prominent international surrogacy agency Planet Hospital is now in bankruptcy and under federal investigation, accused of leaving clients with a pile of bills and no babies.
Danish Company Offers Gender Selectionby Alina ShronThe Copenhagen PostMay 15th, 2014Ads promise that parents can both choose their baby's sex and avoid it getting hereditary diseases, and that there is no waiting period for donor eggs.
Government to Order Fertility Clinics to Release Donor Informationby Nicole HashamThe Sydney Morning HeraldMay 11th, 2014Fertility clinics in Australia will be required to hand over information about anonymous sperm donors so children can learn about their genetic origins.
Ending Discrimination in Surrogacy Lawsby Anil MalhotraThe HinduMay 3rd, 2014Recent government meetings on India's draft Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill have resulted in a proposal for significant changes, including restricting surrogacy to “infertile Indian married couples” only.
Preference for Sons Hurts Mothersby Gayle Tzemach LemmonCouncil on Foreign RelationsMay 1st, 2014A recent paper released by the World Bank suggests that son preference could be doing more than skewing sex ratios in India: It may be partly responsible for driving high mortality rates seen among mothers in India whose first child is a girl.
The Baby Makers: Critics Push for Regulation of India's Booming Surrogacy IndustryABCApril 15th, 2014Candidates are being urged to finally push through legislation to regulate the country's booming commercial surrogacy industry. "The human rights of the surrogates are not being protected," said author and critic Kishwar Desai.
Human Rights Body Warns Over Mass DNA Screeningby Elaine EdwardsThe Irish TimesApril 11th, 2014A Government proposal which would allow the taking of DNA samples for “mass screening” of certain “classes” of individuals should be prohibited, Ireland's national human rights watchdog has said.
Pharma to fork: How we'll swallow synthetic biologyby Colin BarrasNew ScientistApril 10th, 2014Our best antimalarial drug comes from a plant, but now modified microbes are brewing it in a factory. Synthetic biology has got real – and food may be next.
Ontario to fund in-vitro fertilization with a caveat — one embryo at a time to cut risky multiple birthsby Tom BlackwellNational PostApril 9th, 2014The Ontario government announced Thursday it will become only the second province in Canada to fund in-vitro fertilization for people unable to have children otherwise.
DNA Dreamsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesApril 9th, 2014The documentary film that explores the inner workings of BGI Shenzhen, “the world’s largest genomics organization,” is now available in full on YouTube.
It's a Fair Cop: Police Academy Uses DNA Testing on Students by Julie PowerThe Sydney Morning HeraldApril 3rd, 2014For the first time, the New South Wales Police Force has used DNA testing to screen its newest crop of student police against its crime database.
Update on Controversial Police DNA Collection in the Statesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 3rd, 2014In California, the Court of Appeals confirmed that police may take DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony, at least for now; many other states, but not all, do the same.
Discriminatory “DNA Sweeps”by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMarch 31st, 2014A DNA sweep of “all black and brown migrant workers” at farms in Canada has led to a complaint against the Ontario Provincial Police department alleging misconduct and racial profiling.
Canadians Pay Egg Donors On The Grey Marketby Rebecca ZamonThe Huffington PostMarch 26th, 2014It’s been illegal for 10 years in Canada to buy sperm or ova, but Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête has learned that some clinics and agencies are helping infertile couples circumvent the law.
Stem Cell Guidelines Prohibit Research in Many Areas Including Human Germ Line Gene Therapy & Reproductive Cloningby Ramesh ShankarPharmaBizMarch 24th, 2014India's 'National Guidelines for Stem Cell Research' provide ethical and scientific directions to scientists and clinicians.
A Surrogate Storyby Debesh BanerjeeThe Indian ExpressMarch 21st, 2014A documentary shot in Delhi tells of a surrogate mother’s life and the lucrative industry of commercial surrogacy.
OPP Faces Scrutiny Over DNA Testing Sweep that Brought Racial-Profiling Complaintby Tim AlamenciakThe StarMarch 17th, 2014Ontario’s independent police watchdog says seeking DNA from 100 farm workers whose sole similarity was skin colour raises "the spectre of racial profiling."
Abbott Launches Sweeping Review of IVF EthicsSunshine Coast Daily [Australia]March 17th, 2014The ethical rules governing the use of egg and sperm donations, embryos, surrogacy and sex selection for IVF patients could soon be overhauled, with a sweeping review underway.
Time For Law to Protect Egg Donorsby Durgesh Nandan JhaThe Times of IndiaMarch 12th, 2014After the death of an egg provider in Delhi, experts and women's health advocates say women in need of money are at the receiving end of irresponsible medical practices.
China Cracks Down on DNA Testingby Shu-Ching Jean ChenForbesMarch 3rd, 2014Early in February, the Chinese government quietly put the brakes on the provision of genetic tests to customers by domestic hospitals and a variety of medical and health institutions.
The Rent-a-Womb Boomby Adrienne VogtThe Daily BeastMarch 3rd, 2014Who really profits from India’s multimillion-dollar surrogacy industry? Adrienne Vogt explores the uncertain future of the subcontinent’s baby business.
Stem cell scientist gets suspended prison term by Nam Hyun-wooKorea TimesFebruary 27th, 2014The South Korean Supreme Court has upheld a suspended jail term for stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk, and ruled that Seoul National University’s dismissal of Hwang was justifiable.
Amanda Knox and DNA Contaminationby Osagie K. ObasagieBiopolitical TimesFebruary 27th, 2014The retrial and recent conviction of former American exchange student Amanda Knox has rekindled the obsession that many have with this case, and raises questions about the use of trace DNA in convictions.
The Great Indian Egg Bazaarby Pritha Chatterjee and Mayura JanwalkarThe Indian ExpressFebruary 9th, 2014The death in Delhi has brought the spotlight back on the fast rising but largely unregulated egg donation industry in India, riding on lucrative money and word of mouth.
Egg Donor’s Death: Internal Bleeding, Ovaries Severely Enlarged, Says Reportby Pritha ChatterjeeThe Indian ExpressFebruary 9th, 2014An initial post-mortem report has now been released for 23-year-old Yuma Sherpa, who died after an egg donation procedure at an IVF clinic in Lajpat Nagar on January 29.
Uzbekistan Is Using Genetic Testing to Find Future Olympiansby Ron Synovitz and Zamira EshanovaThe AtlanticFebruary 6th, 2014The idea of using genetic testing to spot future world-class athletes has been bandied about for years. Uzbekistan is now testing children as young as 10 to determine their athletic potential.
The Baby-Making Business: on the front lines of Toronto’s booming, semi-legal surrogacy marketby Alison MotlukToronto LifeFebruary 3rd, 2014Toronto’s surrogacy industry is booming and lucrative and at least partly illegal. Prospective parents, desperate to start a family, are willing to take the risk.
Ireland Publishes Draft Surrogacy Legislationby Antony Blackburn-StarzaBioNewsFebruary 3rd, 2014The Irish Government has agreed to put forward for consultation proposals for a wide-ranging bill that features provisions on surrogacy and parenthood.
Kercher Trial: How Does DNA Contamination Occur?by Melissa HogenboomBBCJanuary 30th, 2014Potential for the contamination of forensic DNA evidence has been highlighted by the Meredith Kercher murder trial. But just how much of a problem is it and what lessons should be drawn?
Whistle-Blower Breaks his Silenceby David CyranoskiNatureJanuary 28th, 2014A South Korean researcher reveals the fallout he faced after his tip-offs about cloning fraudster Woo Suk Hwang.
A Chinese Prodigy's Quest For The Genetic Roots Of Geniusby Ursula GauthierWorldcrunchJanuary 22nd, 2014Zhao Bowen’s mission is to sequence the genome of prodigies like himself to find the genetic roots of genius.
Building the Better Babyby Craig KlugmanBioethics.netJanuary 21st, 2014BGI, the Chinese company, is hoping that it will soon be able to offer parents an option like that in GATTACA — choosing the “smartest” embryo.
Editorial: Don’t rush to rehabilitate HwangNatureJanuary 21st, 2014Nature’s profile of a former fraudster’s attempts to regain respectability should not be taken as an endorsement of the researcher’s claims.
Cloning comebackby David CyranoskiNature NewsTen years ago, Woo Suk Hwang rose to the top of his field before fraud and dodgy bioethical practices derailed his career. Can a scientific pariah redeem himself?
Sex Selection Issue Continues To Haunt Indo-Canadian Community With Data Showing High Ratio Of BoysThe LinkJanuary 11th, 2014Community and health leaders are calling for an open dialogue about the cultural values that lead to sex selection.
Scientific Concerns about Claims of Stem Cell "Cures"by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 9th, 2014The most recent recurrence of stem cell mania is taking place in Italy, and there are problems worldwide.
Chinese Scientists, “Genius Genes,” and the Future of Genomicsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 7th, 2014The New Yorker delves into the “biological data mill” that is BGI: the world’s largest, and arguably most controversial, genomics headquarters.
Leaked Files Slam Stem-Cell Therapyby Alison AbbottNatureJanuary 7th, 2014Disclosures and resignations reveal scientific concerns over stem cell treatments conducted by Italy’s Stamina Foundation.
The (Unknown) Costs of Private-for-Profit IVFby Alana CattapanImpact EthicsDecember 21st, 2013How much IVF should cost is controversial. What is not controversial is that profits in the range of $14 million and a $1.7 million dollar annual salary are too much.
Past Sperm and Egg Donors Split on Losing Anonymityby Shereen JegtvigReutersDecember 20th, 2013A recent study in Australia found that donors were split on the idea of possible contact from their donor children.
AquaBounty Facing Environmental Complaint in PanamaThe GuardianNovember 23rd, 2013A company creating GM salmon with the hopes of selling it for human consumption in the U.S. is facing a complaint in Panama alleging that it is in breach of the country’s environmental regulations.
Belgian Justice Official Demands Universal Police DNA Databaseby Bruno WaterfieldTelegraphNovember 17th, 2013A senior justice official wants DNA samples "from every baby" and "everyone that enters the country." The privacy commissioner said the proposal is reminiscent of dystopian novels about totalitarianism.
How Big a Deal Are the Changes to China’s One-Child Policy?by Joshua KeatingSlateNovember 15th, 2013The notorious one-child policy has been criticized for leading to a rise in sex-selective abortion.
Future Past: Disability, Eugenics, & Brave New Worldsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesNovember 7th, 2013A public symposium held on November 1 at San Francisco State University provided a rare and important opportunity to engage with the historical and ongoing implications of eugenic ideologies and practices for people with disabilities.
No More Tourist Visa for Commissioning Surrogacy in India: Home MinistryIBN LiveOctober 30th, 2013Foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy will not be allowed to come on a tourist visa, with the Home Ministry ordering strict adherence of surrogacy laws.
Opinion: Why Selling Kidneys Still Won't Workby Art CaplanNBC NewsOctober 24th, 2013If the price was right, would you sell your kidney to someone who desperately needs a transplant?
Health Chiefs Plan to Ban Adverts for Overseas Baby Sex-Selection Tripsby Christy ChoiSouth China Morning PostOctober 20th, 2013Health chiefs are set to slap an advertising ban on Hong Kong businesses that offer medical tourism packages for the growing number of couples who want to choose the sex of their babies.
Access to Sperm Donor Data by Children Backedby Kirsty NeedhamThe Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 20th, 2013Alarmed by evidence that fertility clinics have deliberately destroyed the records of children conceived before anonymous sperm donation was made illegal, an inquiry calls for it be made an offence.
The Rise of Gender Selection among Middle Eastern Couplesby Rachel WilliamsonMiddle East MonitorOctober 17th, 2013Couples throughout the Middle East are turning to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to choose male embryos.
Roy Morgan Poll Shows Most Aussies Oppose Sex Selection for Babies by Kieran Campbellnews.com.auOctober 10th, 2013The first comprehensive poll of Australian attitudes towards sex selection shows only one in five people support it.
Canadian LGBTQ Families and Assisted Reproduction by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 9th, 2013A major series of news articles describes "the emerging world of gay parenthood and surrogacy" in Canada — and abroad.
Three parent babies 'incompatible with human dignity'by Nick CollinsThe Telegraph [UK]October 4th, 2013A group of 34 European politicians has signed a declaration attacking plans that would make the UK the first country in the world to permit the technique.
Girls Not Allowedby Vanessa BairdNew InternationalistOctober 4th, 2013Honest regulation of sex selection, however tricky to enforce, is necessary because individual acts are having extremely harmful collective consequences.
Feds Looks at Plan to Collect DNA from Suspects upon Arrest by Kim MackraelThe Globe and MailOctober 2nd, 2013Canada is considering a move to collect DNA samples from suspects upon arrest for certain crimes, raising concerns for criminal defence lawyers and civil-rights advocates.
Sun, sand and surrogatesby Natalie StechysonCalgary HeraldSeptember 30th, 2013International surrogacy is fraught with ethical and medical dilemmas, including the possibility that the women who bear children for others are being exploited.
Foreigners Are Flocking To India To Rent Wombs And Grow Surrogate Babies by Nita Bhalla and Mansi ThapliyalReutersSeptember 30th, 2013A debate over whether the unregulated surrogacy industry in India exploits poor women prompted a draft law that could make it tougher for foreigners seeking babies made in India.
Outsourcing a Life[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Stephanie M. LeeSan Francisco ChronicleSeptember 30th, 2013The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, India allowed a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and photographer full access to its facilities, except for the delivery room.
Wealthy Chinese Seek U.S. Surrogates for Second Child, Green Cardby Alexandra HarneyReutersSeptember 23rd, 2013Wealthy Chinese are hiring American women to serve as surrogates for their children, creating a small but growing business in "designer" American babies for China's elite.
Welsh Police Take DNA Samples from more than 5,500 Children by James McCarthyWales OnlineSeptember 22nd, 2013A 12-month-old baby is among the thousands who were swabbed by Wales’ four forces as part of their investigations since 2010.
Don’t Use India’s Missing Girls to Deny Women Reproductive Rightsby Mallika DuttRH Reality CheckSeptember 16th, 2013The attention to son preference by the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee should be cause for celebration, but the people shaking their fists the hardest about the issue are actually those who are most hostile to women’s rights.
Ethical Minefield of Parents in Controlby Neil McMahonThe Sydney Morning HeraldSeptember 14th, 2013Designer babies - their gender, personality traits and skin color chosen by genetic testing - are a looming reality. But are we ready to confront this minefield of ethics?
No Point in Testing Controversial Stem Cell Treatment, Italian Panel Saysby Laura MargottiniScienceSeptember 12th, 2013An expert panel of Italian scientists has concluded that a controversial stem cell therapy, a focus of intense public debate, has no scientific foundation.
FDA to Hold Public Meeting about a Form of Human Germline Modificationby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 12th, 2013Next month, for the first time in its history, the FDA will hold a public meeting about techniques that would result in human germline modification. Do you want a say?
David Langwallner: DNA Database is Welcome but it Will Need Safeguardsby David LangwallnerIndependent.ieSeptember 9th, 2013The Irish Innocence Project welcomes the new Irish DNA database bill, but the retention of DNA from non-convicted persons raises genuine concern as to the length of time such material can be retained.
Questions in India Cancer Study Still Lingeringby Bob OrtegaThe RepublicAugust 31st, 2013A decade-long study of cervical cancer screening in the slums of Mumbai is under investigation because researchers put half the women in a “control” group that was not screened.
Rich Nations not Collaborating in Genomics for Public Health, Says OECD by Lynne TaylorPharmaTimesAugust 19th, 2013New reports show that the development of genomics for public health is being prioritised mainly by low and middle income nations, with richer countries not seeking to collaborate in such research.
Big Business in Babies: First IVF Company Now Being Traded on the Stock Marketby Judy Norsigian and Miriam Zoll, Biopolitical Times guest contributorsAugust 6th, 2013Would corporate earnings shrink if more women were made aware of high IVF failure rates? Does the future of the fertility industry depend on expanding into new markets in the Middle East and Asia?
The Sorry State of Indian Surrogatesby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorAugust 6th, 2013A new report reveals disturbing conditions for those who labor in India’s booming commercial surrogacy industry.
Japan to Start Stem-Cell Study on Humansby David CyranoskiNatureJuly 30th, 2013Researchers in Kobe, Japan will start recruiting patients for the world’s first clinical study using induced pluripotent stem cells.
Russian-Speakers who Want to Make Aliya Could Need DNA Testby Asher ZeigerThe Times of IsraelJuly 29th, 2013The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office says would-be immigrants from the former Soviet Union may be asked to prove Jewish bloodline.
In India, a Rise in Surrogate Births for Westby Rama LakshmiThe Washington PostJuly 26th, 2013A government-funded study finds that some unscrupulous agents are luring poor, uneducated women into signing surrogacy contracts that they do not fully understand.
Controversial Korean Stem Cell Powerhouse in Big Trouble?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 22nd, 2013RNL Bio, the controversial Korean biotechnology company, is undergoing some major changes. Its former CEO is under arrest for insider trading, its subsidiaries are going bust and the parent company is being delisted from the stock exchange. But it's still relying on the stem cell business to pull it through.
In Search of Fair Babies, Indians Chase Caucasian Donors for IVFby Shobita DharThe Times of IndiaJuly 21st, 2013Mayuri Singhal married into a fair-skinned family. When she couldn't conceive, she walked into an IVF clinic with her demand: a 'white' baby.
World’s First Human Stem Cell Clinical Trial Approved by Japanese Governmentby Ida TorresJapan Daily PressJuly 19th, 2013Scientists will try replacing the damaged part of the eye with retinal cells created from induced pluripotent stem cells created from the patient's own body.
Unregulated Surrogacy Industry Worth Over $2bn Thrives Without Legal Frameworkby Himanshi DhawanThe Times of IndiaJuly 18th, 2013A new study by the Centre for Social Research found that there is little protection for surrogates.
Don’t Market Stem-Cell Products Ahead of Proofby Paolo BiancoNatureJuly 17th, 2013The controversy over an unproven stem-cell therapy in Italy highlights the dangers of doing translational medicine in reverse.
RNL Bio’s CEO, Dr. Jeong Chan Ra, is Arrested and Charged with Insider Trading by Leigh TurnerHealth in the Global VillageJuly 12th, 2013Prosecutors are also reportedly investigating possible improprieties in the transfer of funds related to RNL Bio’s business operations in the United States with Texas-based Celltex Therapeutics.
Trial and Errorby EditorialNatureJuly 9th, 2013Italian officials should not go ahead with expensive clinical tests of an unproven stem-cell therapy that has no good scientific basis.
Paper Raises Hundreds Of Questions About The Integrity Of Stem Cell Research Groupby Larry HustenForbesJuly 2nd, 2013A recent report details a multitude of discrepancies and contradictions in papers from a well-established German stem cell research group.
DOH Mulls Infant Gender-Selection Curbs For Sex Ratioby Alison HsiaoTaipei TimesJuly 1st, 2013Taiwan’s skewed boy-girl ratio of newborns is a serious issue, the health agency said, after drawing fire for its gender balance policies.
Too Much of a Rush for Clinical Trials With iPS CellsThe Asahi ShimbunJune 28th, 2013The world’s first clinical application of iPS cell technologies for humans has just got the go-ahead, but the safety of the technology, much less its effectiveness, has yet to be confirmed.
Lieber Adoptierenby Marcy DarnovskyThe EuropeanJune 26th, 2013Die Keimbahntherapie weckt falsche Hoffnungen. Den Nutzen, den sie für eine winzige Minderheit bedeuten könnte, wiege das hohe Risiko keineswegs auf.
First Clinical Trial With Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Grows Closerby Dennis NormileScienceJune 26th, 2013A Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare panel has accepted a plan to carry out what would be the world's first clinical trials involving induced pluripotent stem cells.
Sterilized Transsexuals Sue Swedish governmentby Ann TörnkvistThe LocalJune 24th, 2013Swedish transsexuals who had to accept sterilization to change gender legally are demanding compensation from the government.
Pioneering Icelandic Genetics Company Denied Approval for Data-Mining Planby Jocelyn KaiserScienceJune 20th, 2013A national agency that oversees data privacy in Iceland has rejected a request from deCODE to allow it to estimate the genotypes of 280,000 Icelanders who have never agreed to take part in the company's research.
'More Rights, More Inclusion, Better Country': Argentina Approves IVF for All[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Alex SternThe Huffington PostJune 20th, 2013In vitro fertilization is now available to heterosexual couples, single women, and gay couples in Argentina.
Japan to Relax Ban on Chimeric Embryo Experimentsby Dennis NormileScienceJune 19th, 2013A scientist pioneering research toward generating human organs in pigs has cleared one hurdle in Japan, but is concerned that finalizing guidelines will take too long, so is considering conducting key experiments in the United States.
Real-Life True Blood: Synthetic Blood Is Coming — And So Are a Host of Potential Complicationsby Devon MaloneyWiredJune 14th, 2013Researchers at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine got the go-ahead late last month to start developing synthetic blood with adult stem cells.
Israeli Sex Offender Taps India's Booming Surrogacy Trade For Baby Girlby Jason OverdorfGlobal PostJune 10th, 2013A convicted Israeli pedophile has gained custody of a girl born to an Indian surrogate, triggering assurances of a re-look at surrogacy rules in New Delhi and Jerusalem.
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case of B.C. Woman Seeking Info About Sperm-Donor Dad by The Canadian PressThe Vancouver SunMay 30th, 2013The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a woman who argued that offspring should have access to information about their biological past.
Crisis-Burdened Spain and Cyprus are Hot Spots for Women to Sell Their Eggsby Lauren Alix BrownQuartzMay 10th, 2013Due to permissive laws and cash-strapped young women, Cyprus and Spain have become booming centers of egg donation and in vitro fertilization.
Precision StemCell: Selling Stem Cells & Treating Individuals With ALS as Human Guinea Pigsby Leigh TurnerHealth in the Global VillageMay 6th, 2013Unproven stem cell interventions offered internationally tend to gain media attention, but Precision StemCell, based in Alabama, is one example of a domestic clinic marketing stem cell interventions that appear to violate federal regulations.
Baby Sex-Selection Tours Increasingly Popular with Australian Couples Using IVF by Natasha BitaNews.com.auMay 5th, 2013Some couples are taking overseas ''sex tours'' to choose their baby's gender using IVF in foreign fertility clinics.
Nation’s First Egg Bank Deluged With Donorsby Mizuho AokiThe Japan TimesMay 2nd, 2013Japan's first egg bank does not pay women for their eggs and requires that donors attend multiple consultations prior to giving consent to ensure they understand the health risks and other issues they may face.
Direct Action? Seats at the Table? All of the Above?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2013Last week, some 15 French activists in chimpanzee masks disrupted a Forum on Synthetic Biology in Paris, raising questions about the appropriateness of that kind of activism.
In Australia, Gene Patents Also Subject of High Court Struggleby Leigh DaytonScienceApril 19th, 2013Australia's Full Federal Court has begun proceedings in an appeal of an earlier decision that upheld the validity of breast cancer diagnostic tests developed by Myriad Genetics.
Baby Boom: Indian Women Giving Birth to U.S. Babiesby Holly WilliamsCBS NewsApril 10th, 2013A lot of businesses go to India for inexpensive labor and it turns out American couples are doing the same. One village has become a center for cut-rate surrogacy, offering young women who will be carrying babies to term.
Surrogacy flourishes despite crackdownby Zhang WenGlobal TimesApril 7th, 2013Beijing officials shut down an illegal - and lucrative - surrogacy agency in Beijing last month, but the practice continues.
Wake Forest examines eugenics here and abroadby John HintonWinston-Salem JournalApril 2nd, 2013A conference examines the history of forced sterilization in North Carolina and Central Europe, and the legacies of eugenics.
Sex-Selective Discrimination Common in Indian Wombs: US StudyHindustan TimesMarch 31st, 2013Indian women carrying male foetuses are likelier to receive pre-natal medical care than their counterparts pregnant with girls, a new research by American scientists suggests.
Indian Women Stand Up to Husbands Who Demand Sex-Selective Abortionsby Carl GierstorferThe AtlanticMarch 28th, 2013The country strongly prefers boys at every stage of life. Here's how some mothers are trying to change that.
GM Crops Evil, GM Children OK?by Chris BennettWestern Farm PressMarch 27th, 2013China is surging ahead with a research project aimed at identifying millions of genetic variations in order to boost intelligence.
Stem-Cell Ruling Riles Researchersby Alison AbbottNatureMarch 26th, 2013The Italian health minister’s support for an unproven stem cell treatment appalls the country’s scientists.
Sperm Donor with Genetic Illness Speaks Outby PSThe Copenhagen PostMarch 25th, 2013A former sperm donor may have passed on a heritable and treatable cancer-causing illness, but health authorities have decided not to search for the five to ten children who may be affected.
Surrogacy's Painful Path to Parenthoodby Julia MedewThe AgeMarch 23rd, 2013Reports of abortions, questionable medical bills and baby mix-ups are increasingly emerging from overseas destinations where commercial surrogacy is legal.
Govt Proposes to Bring Bill to Regulate Surrogacy: AzadThe HinduMarch 19th, 2013The Indian government is proposing to monitor the services of assisted reproductive technology clinics and banks to regulate surrogacy in the country.
‘Business has Boomed’: Canadian Surrogacy Agent Facing 27 Charges Continues her Controversial Workby Tom BlackwellNational PostMarch 13th, 2013A surrogacy agent facing 27 charges under a precedent-setting RCMP prosecution continues to forge ahead with her controversial work, offering cash incentives for recruiting new surrogate mothers.
If Your Dog is About to Die, Why Not Clone It?by Leo HickmanGuardianMarch 11th, 2013A researcher in South Korea claims he can clone your pet. All he needs is some tissue from the animal and $100,000.
Clinic Ships in Eggs From US 'Bank' to Tackle Shortage by Julia MedewThe Sydney Morning HeraldMarch 10th, 2013Australians have started paying $19,000 to import eggs from American women under a new deal with US-based World Egg Bank, the largest commercial frozen egg bank in the world.
Donor Wombs: Giving Women Without Uteruses a Chance to Carry a Baby Stirs Assisted Baby Making Debateby Sharon KirkeyEdmonton JournalMarch 10th, 2013In a world first attempt, doctors in Turkey are preparing to transfer a single frozen embryo into a 23-year-old woman whose uterus came from a brain-dead donor.
Potentially Endless Line of Mice Clonedby Tanya LewisNBC NewsMarch 8th, 2013Japanese researchers have created a potentially endless line of mice cloned from other cloned mice, with no accumulated abnormalities.
The Gattaca App for Your Smartphoneby Abby Lippman, Biopolitical Times guest contributorBiopolitical TimesMarch 6th, 2013Will Malaysia lead the way in cell phone apps that access your genetic data, and if so what comes next?
Surrogacy Laws May Leave Australian Babies Statelessby Kerry BrewsterABC News [Australia]March 4th, 2013Australian babies may be left stateless and unable to leave India as a result of changes to the country's commercial surrogacy laws.
BRCA1 gene patent ruling to be appealedby Amy CorderoyThe Age [Australia]March 4th, 2013The decision in Australia that private companies can control human genes will be appealed in the Federal Court.
The Throwawaysby Sara MojtehedzadehGuernicaMarch 1st, 2013In Kenya, doctors are force-sterilizing HIV-positive women—in some cases, without their knowledge.
Stem Cells Cruise to Clinicby David CyranoskiNatureFebruary 27th, 2013A Japanese researcher is seeking approval for the first clinical study of induced pluripotent stem cells.
Faroes’ 50,000 Residents Leap Into DNA Testing Quagmireby John LauermanBloombergFebruary 24th, 2013A proposed plan would decipher the complete DNA sequence of every citizen of the Faroe Islands, but a deeper debate about issues of privacy, ownership, and utility is still needed.
Cancer Group Loses Federal Court Bid Against Human Gene Patentby Rick MortonThe AustralianFebruary 15th, 2013A cancer group fighting against the patenting of a human gene linked to breast and ovarian cancer has lost its landmark case in an Australian court.
Embryo-Like Stem Cells Enter First Human Trialby David CyranoskiNatureFebruary 14th, 2013The clinical study in Japan will be the first to put induced pluripotent stem cells into humans.
Study: Sex-Selective Practices May be Common in Families of Indian Doctorsby Rama LakshmiThe Washington PostFebruary 13th, 2013Doctors’ families in India are having more sons than daughters, reports a new study in the American journal Demography, implying that they too may be engaging in illegal sex-selective abortions.
Yes, Virginia, Your Reproductive Rights Are Compromised by Alex SternHuffington 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.
Inside China’s Genome FactorySequencing a complete human genome may soon cost less than an iPhone. Will BGI-Shenzhen decode yours? by Christina LarsonMIT 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.
Horror in a Mass Sterilization Camp: Unconscious Indian Women Were Dumped in a Field After Undergoing a Painful Sterilization Operation by Carol KuruvillaNew York Daily NewsFebruary 7th, 2013A sterilization drive at a rural hospital in West Bengal ended in scandal after four doctors rushed to sterilize 106 Indian women within a day and left them outside to recover.
Israel Admits Targeting Ethiopian Jews for Compulsory Contraception by Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesFebruary 7th, 2013Israeli government officials have admitted to coercing Ethiopian Jewish immigrant women into taking long-acting contraceptive injections.
New Study Finds Number of Multiple Births Affected by Congenital Anomalies has Doubled in the Last 30 YearsBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and GynaecologyFebruary 6th, 2013The number of birth defects arising from multiple births has almost doubled since the 1980s, suggests a new study compiled over a 24-year period across 14 European countries.
French Gay Marriage Plans Stir Parenthood Debateby Associated PressNPRJanuary 31st, 2013The president's promise to legalize gay marriage was seen as relatively uncontroversial when it first came up, but the news reopened a raw national debate on fertility treatments, surrogacy and adoption.
Transparency is the VictimThe HinduJanuary 27th, 2013In the absence of effective oversight of assisted reproduction practices, some medical institutions in Delhi are flouting medical and ethical rules with aplomb.
Israel Admits Ethiopian Women Were Given Birth Control Shots by Talila NesherHaaretzJanuary 27th, 2013The Health Ministry director general has instructed gynecologists not to inject women with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera if they do not understand the ramifications of treatment.
Human Rights and Sweden’s Repeal of Required Sterilization for Transgender Peopleby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 23rd, 2013The Swedish law that required transgender people to undergo sterilization before they could be legally recognized as another gender has been recognized as a violation of human rights.
Is Egg Donation Dangerous?by Alison MotlukMaisonneuveJanuary 21st, 2013About five hundred egg donations take place in Canada every year, and experts say the process is very safe. But some donors face serious health problems—and doctors may be underestimating the risks.
Privacy Fear for DNA Dragnetby Tony WallStuff (New Zealand)January 20th, 2013A district court judge who is a world expert in forensic DNA has called for a public debate on the use of familial DNA testing, saying it raises serious privacy issues and has the potential to subject entire families to life-long genetic surveillance.
Sweden Ends Forced Sterilisation of Sex Change PatientsMedical ExpressJanuary 10th, 2013Sweden will no longer require sex change patients to be sterilised, ruling that the practice is unconstitutional and in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Surrogacy as Cover for Trading in Babiesby Ujjwala NayuduThe Indian ExpressJanuary 8th, 2013A case in Ahmedabad blurs the line between baby trading and surrogacy.
More Female Fetuses Aborted in Europeby Claudia HennenDWJanuary 7th, 2013Sex selection is not just a problem confined to China and India: New statistics show skewed sex ratios in favor of boys in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.
Rape in India: A Result of Sex Selection? by Erika ChristakisTimeJanuary 4th, 2013Behind the angry protests over the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student is an even deeper story: the preference for male babies in India and much of the world may be at the root of this senseless violence.
New Guidelines: India Not A Viable Option For Gay Couples, Unmarried Couples Or Single Individualsby Andrew VorzimerThe Spin DoctorJanuary 4th, 2013India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has released guidelines that apply to foreign nationals seeking an Indian surrogate.
As a Girl in India, I Learned to Be Afraid of Menby Mira KamdarThe 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.
RNL Bio Smuggled Out Stem Cellsby Yun Suh-youngThe Korea TimesJanuary 3rd, 2013RNL Bio sent 15.5 billion won worth of stem cells to hospitals in China and Japan on 860 different occasions from November 2008 through July 2012 without reporting the shipments.
Desperate Patients Seek Stem-Cell 'Miracle,' but Scientists Warn of Hidden Dangersby Marcia Heroux PoundsSun SentinelJanuary 3rd, 2013The recent World Stem Cell Summit pointed to reports of deaths, tumors, lumbar punctures and other potential harm, as well as vulnerable people being conned out of thousands of dollars.
Sperm Donor Offspring Call for Privacy Changesby Kyoko HasegawainSingJanuary 3rd, 2013Donor-conceived children in Japan, where there are no laws governing access to details of genetic parentage, are calling for the practice of anonymous sperm and egg donation to be banned.
Exclusive: Rise in Number of Couples Seeking 'Wombs for Hire' Abroad by Jeremy LauranceThe IndependentDecember 28th, 2012The number of British couples formally registering children born to foreign surrogates has nearly trebled in five years, raising concerns that poor women in developing countries are being exploited by rich Westerners.
Human Rights Court Orders Costa Rica to Legalize In Vitro Fertilizationby L. AriasTico TimesDecember 20th, 2012The Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a ruling against the government of Costa Rica condemning its ban on in vitro fertilization.
German Federal Court Bans Mass Genetic TestingDeutsche WelleDecember 20th, 2012A German court has ruled that evidence from voluntary mass genetic testing cannot be used against participants' family members.
Gendercide Stingsby S.A.The EconomistDecember 18th, 2012A lawyer and women’s rights activist is taking an unusual approach to India’s skewed sex ratios.
German Brüstle Decision Puts Spotlight on National Patent Guidelinesby Julian HitchcockBioNewsDecember 17th, 2012The German Federal High Court fully exploited a narrow sliver of discretion granted it by an EU ruling in order to allow a patent on Oliver Brüstle's precursor cells.
Why China is a Genetic Powerhouse with a Problem [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Carolyn Abraham and Carolynne WheelerThe Globe and MailDecember 15th, 2012Worry mounts that Beijing Genomics Institute, an enterprise backed in part with bank loans supported by the Chinese government, has unfettered access to the genetic building blocks of humanity.
Drug Firms Bought East German Patients to Use as Human Guinea Pigs by Tony PatersonThe IndependentDecember 5th, 2012Communist East Germany allowed Western drug companies to use its medical patients as unwitting guinea pigs for tests with untried pharmaceuticals in return for hundreds of thousands in hard currency.
Calls for Increased Compensation for Egg Donorsby PSThe Copenhagen PostDecember 3rd, 2012Fertility clinics in Denmark argue that women should receive more than 500 kroner for donating ova, but the health minister warns against turning them into commodities.
The Jury is Out on Nationwide DNA Databaseby Peter StannersThe Copenhagen PostDecember 1st, 2012Questions remain about whether a nationwide DNA database would help solve more crimes or simply be an ineffective drain on police resources.
Surgery that Puts Menopause on Holdby Julia MedewThe Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 30th, 2012Ovarian tissue transplants have now been used by 20 women around the world, but IVF specialists recommend it only for women whose fertility is threatened by illness such as cancer.
DNA Forensics Update by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 28th, 2012The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a potentially significant case about police collection of DNA from suspects rather than criminals; and forensic DNA databases round the world continue to proliferate.
With Animals Under Threat, Brazilian Team Aims to Clone 8 Wild Speciesby Jenny BarchfieldThe Washington PostNovember 15th, 2012Cloning can’t be a substitute for protecting endangered animals, but Brazilian researchers are turning to it nonetheless to help offset the perilous decline of several animal species.
E.U. Patents on Transgenic Chimps Challengedby Kai KupferschmidtScience InsiderNovember 13th, 2012Animal rights activists in Germany are contesting three patents on genetically engineered chimpanzees granted this year by the European Patent Office.
European Society of Human Genetics Reprimands Myriad Geneticsby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesNovember 7th, 2012Myriad Genetics claims its research data is a trade secret as it pushes for a stronger presence in the European genetic testing market. Experts' responses reflect the ideological divide in the ongoing challenge to Myriad's BRCA gene patents.
Inquiry Into Practice of Sterilising Disabled Womenby Tom NightingaleABC News (Australia)November 1st, 2012A Senate committee is looking into the controversial practice of sterilising disabled people, which is still legal in Australia.
Have India’s Poor Become Human Guinea Pigs?by Sue Lloyd-RobertsBBC NewsOctober 31st, 2012Drug companies are facing mounting pressure to investigate reports that new medicines are being tested on some of the poorest people in India without their knowledge.
Human Genetic Modification Experiment in Oregon Shows Promise, Risks, Experts Say[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Nick BudnickThe OregonianOctober 24th, 2012Researchers have replaced unfertilized eggs' mitochondrial DNA, raising concerns about human germline modifications.
Law Lags as Aussies Employ Overseas Surrogate Mums[radio transcript]by Damien CarrickABC (Australia) RadioNationalOctober 23rd, 2012Though surrogacy is illegal in Australia, a child is born in India to Australian parents every day. What are the legal and ethical dimensions of hiring a woman from another country as a surrogate?
Reproductive Tourism: Paying Women in Poor Countries to Bear Our Babies is Rife with Ethical ProblemsHealthCanal.comOctober 23rd, 2012An upcoming Journal of Medical Ethics paper highlights major ethical concerns with reproductive tourism, one of which is the tension between business and medical ethics.
Poland to Start Funding IVF Fertility Treatmentby Agata NaleczReutersOctober 22nd, 2012In conflict with Catholic views, Poland's Prime Minster announced plans to provide financing for IVF for married and unmarried couples under certain circumstances.
Commercial Surrogacy Grows in Indiaby Stephanie M. LeeSan Francisco ChronicleOctober 20th, 2012Critics worry that the mostly unregulated industry is rife with potential health and legal complications for the intended parents and surrogates alike.
Stem-Cell Fraud Hits Febrile Fieldby David CyranoskiNatureOctober 16th, 2012As Hisashi Moriguchi's heart-treatment claims collapse, observers warn about the febrile nature of the iPS-cell field and caution against a rush to the clinic.
Proposed DNA Database Greatly Expands Scope of Surveillanceby Jacob P. KoshyLive MintOctober 1st, 2012In India, a draft bill proposes to expand the reasons for which people's DNA can be collected and stored indefinitely by the state.
Study Finds Birth Defects Down Among IVF Babiesby Kerry GrensReutersSeptember 28th, 2012Scientists don't know why IVF babies have an increased risk of birth defects in the first place. Researchers think the rates may be down because of changes including lower doses of ovarian stimulation medication and increased availability of ART techniques.
Indian Activist Urmi Basu: Sex Selection Fuels Human Traffickingby Viji SundaramNew America MediaSeptember 24th, 2012The practice of gender selection, grinding poverty among the people and the stifling caste system have contributed to making India the country with the largest number of human trafficking victims in the world today.
Researcher Pushes to Clone Extinct MammothThe Korea TimesSeptember 24th, 2012A South Korean bioengineering lab has been given exclusive rights to study Siberian woolly mammoth remains; Hwang Woo-suk will lead a cloning attempt.
How To Buy a Daughter: Choosing the sex of your baby has become a multimillion-dollar industry[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Jasmeet SidhuSlateSeptember 14th, 2012The US is one of the few countries that allows preimplantation genetic diagnosis for prenatal sex selection, which could have negative consequences for parents and children alike.
Potential Perils of DIY Genetic Testingby Anna SallehABC NewsSeptember 11th, 2012A new study adds to growing concern about the potential perils of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.
Sperm Precursor Cells Created in Labby Michael CookBioEdgeSeptember 7th, 2012Scientists may soon be able to create artificial sperm from a skin cell. Proponents extol benefits for sterile men; opponents warn of future obsolescence of males.
Is Costa Rica Violating Human Rights by Banning In Vitro Fertilization?by Matt LevinTico TimesSeptember 7th, 2012Costa Rica is being sued at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for prohibiting in vitro fertilization.
Health Ministry to Expand Pregnant Women's Genetic Testing Subsidies by Yaron KelnerYNet NewsAugust 31st, 2012A new initiative in Israel will subsidize advanced genetic testing for pregnant women, providing prenatal diagnosis of genetic abnormalities.
European Rights Court Raps Italy on Embryo Screeningby Gilbert ReilhacReutersAugust 28th, 2012The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Italy violated the rights of a couple carrying cystic fibrosis by preventing them from screening in vitro fertilization embryos.
Mentos: Court Jester for Singapore's Eugenic Regime? by Mike Beitiks, Biopolitical Times guest contributorAugust 17th, 2012An attempt at buzz marketing makes an odd, albeit accidental, endorsement of eugenic nationalism.
Changes for India’s ART Industry?by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesAugust 6th, 2012The recent death of a surrogate in India, along with new information about the 2010 death of a 17-year-old who had repeatedly sold her eggs, have built support for regulation of assisted reproduction. A draft bill would provide some safeguards, but Indian women’s health advocates say other provisions “leave much to be desired.”
New Ice Age for Wellbeingby Rachel BrowneThe Sydney Morning HeraldAugust 5th, 2012A number of Australian IVF clinics tout egg freezing and storage for healthy women in their 30s who want a baby but are not yet ready to conceive.
Ethics Schmethics Says Ethicistby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2012The approach of the Olympics sparks the usual flood of pro-enhancement articles, notably an interview with Julian Savulescu.
Doctors Illegally Removed Wombs From Poor Women in Chhattisgarh - Ministerby Sujeet KumarReutersJuly 18th, 2012Doctors in Chhattisgarh performed hysterectomies on poor village women without a valid medical reason in order to claim money from a national insurance scheme.
More Couples Seek to Select Child Gender / 90 Couples Went to Thailand for Diagnosis in '12by The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Daily Yomiuri July 17th, 2012At least 90 Japanese couples have traveled to Thailand to receive preimplantation diagnosis for sex selection purposes this year, a procedure not allowed in Japan.
India Suspends Doctors Over Banned Fetal 'Sex Tests'Daily NewsJuly 17th, 2012Twelve Indian doctors have been suspended for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has widened India's gender gap.
Sperm Donor Records Disposed of in JapanUnited Press InternationalJuly 14th, 2012A survey of Japanese fertility clinics found about 30 percent of information on sperm donors has been destroyed.
Bill Aims to Weed Out Rent-a-Womb Clinicsby Kounteya SinhaThe Times of IndiaJuly 13th, 2012The Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill will make it mandatory for all Indian clinics involved in treating infertility to be part of a National Registry.
European Scientists on Direct-to-Consumer Gene Tests: Thumbs Downby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitcal TimesJuly 13th, 2012Two scientific advisory groups warn that direct-to-consumer gene testing “has little clinical value” and the “potential to be harmful.”
17-Yr-Old Egg Donor Dead, HC Questions Fertility Centre’s Roleby Mayura JanwalkarThe Indian ExpressJuly 12th, 2012Sushma Pandey's death two years ago - after visiting a fertility clinic three times in 18 months - is now bringing India’s assisted reproductive clinics into the spotlight.
One of Five Million: Contemplating Fertility Treatment and Embryo Selectionby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJuly 12th, 2012Five million people have been born using in vitro fertilization. Though the technology has become safer and less expensive, it warrants attention because of the open door it provides for embryo selection.
At a Sperm Bank in Bihar, Caste Divisions Start Before Birthby Amarnath TewaryThe New York TimesJuly 12th, 2012India’s caste system, in which people are born into a certain group, is now asserting itself even before birth as more couples in rural areas turn to sperm donors as treatment for infertility.
New policy recommendations for DTC genetic testingby Simon LeesePHG FoundationJuly 9th, 2012A new report on the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic testing in the European Union cautions that it has little clinical value.
Sequencing the Genome of an Entire Populationby Rasmus Kragh JakobsenScience NordicJuly 8th, 2012The entire population of the Faroe Islands is set to have their genomes sequenced in the first such undertaking of its kind.
Patients Seek Stem-Cell Compensationby David CyranoskiNature NewsJuly 6th, 2012Six patients in California are suing RNL Bio, one of the world’s largest stem-cell companies, for allegedly misleading them about the effectiveness of its stem-cell treatments.
IVF Study Shows One Embryo is Bestby Rebecca BriceABC NewsJuly 5th, 2012Australian researchers have discovered that the rate of perinatal deaths in IVF can be considerably reduced when only one embryo is used in the fertility treatment.
Couples Use IVF to Pick Genesby Julia MedewThe AgeJuly 3rd, 2012Fertile women with genes that predispose them to breast and ovarian cancers are using preimplantation genetic diagnosis to select embryos without the genes.
Frozen Egg Birth Rate Remains Low by Julieanne StrachanSydney Morning HeraldJuly 1st, 2012Doctors warn that the chances of being able to achieve a live birth using a frozen egg are significantly less than from a frozen embryo.
1,400 Girls Not Born in Armenia Annually Because of Sex-Selective Abortions - ReportNews.amJune 15th, 2012The report, issued by the United Nations Population Fund with the assistance of Armenia's Health Ministry, documents the impact of sex-selective abortions.
Court Dismisses Suit Over Unethical US Experimentsby Richard MonasterskyNature News BlogJune 15th, 2012A US court has dismissed a lawsuit by Guatemalan citizens against US officials in connection with unethical medical experiments conducted by American researchers in the 1940s.
Genome Test Slammed for Assessing ‘Racial Purity’by Alison AbbottNatureJune 12th, 2012Hungary’s Medical Research Council has asked public prosecutors to investigate a genetic-diagnostic company that certified that a member of parliament did not have Roma or Jewish heritage.
More Scandals in South Koreaby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 8th, 2012Fresh accusations of stem-cell fraud, whose full extent is yet unknown, are rocking South Korea and threatening to damage the nation's reputation again.
Indian Surrogate Dies Amid Complications in Eighth Month of Pregnancyby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 31st, 2012The death of Premila Vaghela illustrates the risks that impoverished surrogates may be tempted to take.
Is International Governance on the Horizon for Synthetic Biology? by Daniel SharpBiopolitical TimesMay 31st, 2012New developments at the international level mark a potential victory for progressives concerned about synthetic biology.
Gene Test Results to Be Passed on Without Consentby Anna PattySydney Morning HeraldMay 30th, 2012If passed, a new law in the Australian state of New South Wales would require doctors to inform a patient's close relatives of genetic dispositions towards specific diseases, even if the patient wishes to keep the information private.
Revealed: How More and More Britons are Paying Indian Women to Become Surrogate Mothersby Shekhar BhatiaThe Telegraph (UK)May 26th, 2012The sheer scale of the “baby factory” phenomenon is now causing concern with the Indian government. There are up to 1,000 unregulated clinics, comprising an industry worth as much as £1.5 billion a year.
German Doctors Apologize for Holocaust Horrorsby Art CaplanMSNBCMay 24th, 2012The German Medical Association has issued a remarkably blunt and straightforward apology, more than six decades after the end of World War II, for the role it played during the Holocaust.
Surrogate Mother Dies of ComplicationsTimes of IndiaMay 17th, 2012Premila Vaghela, who became a surrogate in order to supplement her family income and brighten the future of her own two kids, died due to unexplained complications.
The Real Chen Guangcheng Story: Forced Abortion, Eugenics, and the One-Child Policyby Daniel SharpBiopolitical TimesMay 16th, 2012Amidst focus on the domestic and international political aspects of the Chen Guangcheng affair, the media have missed the real issue: forced abortion and forced sterilization in China.
Bioeconomy in South Korea, Again by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 15th, 2012South Korea is investing in the bioeconomy again, despite the scandals of the last decade.
South Korea Steps Up Stem-Cell Work by Soo Bin ParkNature NewsMay 1st, 2012In South Korea, regenerative medicine gets a cash boost. Some say stricter regulations are needed to ensure safety.
Are Canadian Fertility Services Breaking the Law?by Françoise BaylisBioethics ForumMay 1st, 2012In Canada, the assisted reproduction business may be in violation of the law and more regulation is needed, Françoise Baylis argues.
Disturbing Reports of Government-led Forced Sterilization in Uzbekistanby Daniel SharpBiopolitical TimesMay 1st, 2012The BBC breaks news of a government-sponsored coercive sterilization campaign in Uzbekistan.
Ova Brokers Remain Unchecked. Number of Births Resulting From In Vitro Fertilization Abroad UnknownThe Daily Yomiuri April 30th, 2012At least 130 children were born to Japanese parents from 2007 to 2011, but the exact number is unknown because the firms that arrange the treatment are unregulated.
UK Aid Helps to Fund Forced Sterilisation of India's Poorby Gethin ChamberlainGuardianApril 14th, 2012Money from the Department for International Development has helped pay for a controversial program that has led to miscarriages and even deaths after botched operations.
Doctors in Uzbekistan Say Government Forcibly Sterilizing Womenby Joyce HackelThe WorldApril 12th, 2012Journalist Natalia Antelava exposes a secret forced sterilization program by the government of Uzbekistan.
Stricter Norms for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinicsby Kounteya SinhaThe Times of IndiaApril 12th, 2012India is establishing a mandatory registry for all fertility clinics in the country.
Government Shutters Agency That Oversees Canada’s Fertility and Assisted Reproduction Industryby Tom BlackwellNational PostMarch 30th, 2012Canada’s fertility industry will soon be left with virtually no official oversight, after the federal government decided this week to close down the regulatory agency for the field.
Canadian women richly rewarded for donating eggsby CTVNews.ca StaffCTV NewsMarch 27th, 2012It's illegal in Canada to pay for human eggs or sperm. But the practice continues because no one is enforcing the law.
Surrogate Mothers Face Nightmares of Surrogacyby Savita VermaIndia TodayMarch 5th, 2012From lack of adequate compensation to cultural stigmas, surrogate mothers in India face a unique set of hardships and risks.
Surrogacy Under Scrutinyby Wang HairongBejing ReviewFebruary 27th, 2012Surrogate births commissioned by a rich couple raise reproductive equality and legal concerns.
Patient Advocates Test Law on Human Gene Patents by Louise HallThe Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 21st, 2012A patient advocacy group has taken Myriad Genetics and its exclusive Australian licensee Genetic Technologies to court over a patent related to a human gene linked to breast and ovarian cancers.
Chinese Couples Come to U.S. to Have Children Through Surrogacyby Shan LiLos Angeles TimesFebruary 18th, 2012China does not permit commercial surrogacy, but the country's rising affluence allows some couples to use U.S. surrogacy clinics.
Sperm Donor Identity Debate Focuses on Children's Rightsby Gordon HoekstraVancouver SunFebruary 15th, 2012A Canadian lawsuit will determine if children of sperm donors have a right to know the identity of their gamete donors.
Vietnam's Parents Want a Dragon Sonby Marianne BrownThe Guardian [UK]February 14th, 2012The desire for a male heir is particularly strong in an unusually auspicious year.
The World's Baby Factoryby Anuj ChopraForeign PolicyFebruary 10th, 2012It's already the world's second-most populous country. So why is India turning grandmothers into mothers?
Stem Cell Banking: The Newest Lure in Medical TourismArab princes and U.S. celebrities fly in for futuristic bio-care at Seoul "Life Center" by Frances ChaCNNFebruary 2nd, 2012In a new form of medical tourism, people from around the world are traveling to Seoul for stem cell treatments and to bank their stem cells, hoping that this will one day save their lives.
Informed Consent on Trialby Daniel CresseyNature NewsJanuary 30th, 2012Lengthy, complicated documents leave many clinical trial participants in the dark about the risks they face.
Flap over Designer Sperm in Indiaby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 26th, 2012An ad for sperm from “tall and fair” technology students sparks a debate in India about designer babies.
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.
S. Korea Approves Sales of New Stem Cell Drugby Associated Foreign PressMysinchew.com January 19th, 2012South Korea's government drug agency cleared the way for commercial sales of what it called the world's first approved medicine using stem cells, developed from newborns' cord blood.
Make Me a Baby As Fast As You CanHow a California surrogacy operation streamlines baby production by implanting clients’ embryos in two Indian surrogates at the same timeby Douglas PetSlateJanuary 9th, 2012If for-profit companies are going to continue to approach baby-making like an import-export business, maybe it’s time for governments to start treating it that way, adapting oversight and protections for all parties involved.
Sydney Women Turn to US Dads for Sperm Donationby Rosie SquiresThe Sunday TelegraphJanuary 1st, 2012Sydney women are importing sperm from the US because Australian men are too scared to donate, since it became easier for children to track down their biological fathers.
The Daughter’s ReturnA glimmer of hope in the sad tale of sex-selective abortion in IndiaThe EconomistDecember 31st, 2011Recent evidence suggests that India’s sex ratio at birth swung from 924 females per 1,000 males in 2004-05 to 977 in 2011, a turnaround in favor of girls that breaks with census data.
UNFPA Armenia Presented the “Prevalence and Reasons of Sex Selective Abortions in Armenia” ReportPublic Radio of ArmeniaDecember 19th, 2011A recent report suggests that Armenians who select for sex prefer boys around six times more than girls.
Stem Cell Study: Govt Wants to Draw Ethical Lineby Durgesh Nandan JhaTimes of IndiaDecember 16th, 2011The Indian Council of Medical Research, in collaboration with the Department of Biotechnology, is seeking public opinion on gamete and embryo donation for stem cell research.
Body for Rentby Tatia MegeneishviliThe Financial November 21st, 2011According to doctors' data, surrogacy in Georgia [the country] has increased with the majority of surrogate mothers explaining that money is the most determining factor in their decision.
Without Consent: How Drug Companies Exploit Indian 'Guinea Pigs' Illiterate patients say they never agreed to take part in trials run by industry worth £189mby Andrew Buncombe and Nina LakhaniThe Independent UKNovember 14th, 2011Illiterate patients in India say they never agreed to take part in drug trials. The drug trial industry in India has swollen, worth as much as £189m, and regulators have struggled to keep pace.
IVF Baby Boom: Multiple Births 'Rise 7 Per Cent in a Decade' as Birth Rate Hits 40-Year Highby Claire BatesDaily Mail (UK)November 10th, 2011The number of women having multiple births due to IVF has risen dramatically in a decade, figures show.
Organ Gangs Force Poor to Sell Kidneys for Desperate Israelisby Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska and David GlovinBloomberg Markets MagazineineNovember 1st, 2011Global organ trafficking is on the rise. Many poor people donate in hopes that it will provide a means for escaping poverty but eventually find their situation worse off in the end.
The Weight of Genetic Informationby Lisa Eckstein, Biopolitical Times guest contributorNovember 1st, 2011Australian pharmacies are offering weight loss programs that claim to use customers’ genetic information.
Pharmacies Cop Flak over Genetic Testing for Weight Loss by Mark MetherellSydney Morning HeraldOctober 27th, 2011Weight loss programs based on genetic tests operating out of pharmacies have become the latest enterprise to link the Pharmacy Guild to commercialized care.
HFEA Triples the Going Rate for Women’s Eggs in UK by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2011The UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority set new compensation rates for sperm and egg providers that are drastically higher than previously allowed.
Surrogate Mother Left with Huge Bill; Babies in Austriaby Corey Rose9 News ColorodoOctober 25th, 2011A surrogate mother who faced life-threatening complications was left with the bill, providing further information on another recent surrogacy scandal.
The quest for the perfect babyby Meir BrezisHaaretz [Israel]Should parents be able to sue doctors for failing to prevent the birth of a child with a defect? That is a question facing the [Israeli] Supreme Court, which has been asked to recognize 'wrongful birth.'
EU court: No patents for some stem cell techniquesby Maria ChengBloomberg BusinessweekOctober 18th, 2011The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that scientists cannot patent stem cell techniques that use human embryos.
Disgraced S Korean Cloner Hwang Back with Coyote ClaimBBC NewsOctober 17th, 2011Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, who fabricated research on human embryos, claims to have cloned coyotes for the first time.
South Africa tightens rules for foreigners to make familiesSapa-AFPOctober 13th, 2011In the wake of Madonna's adoptions in nearby Malawi, and a commercial surrogacy boom in India, South Africa is laying out stricter rules for foreigners looking to make families here.
Protecting the Rights of Surrogate Mothers in Indiaby Nilanjana S. RoyNew York TimesOctober 4th, 2011Commercial surrogacy is on the rise in India, but India’s laws have not directly addressed the complexities of surrogacy to protect the rights of surrogate mothers.
German Ethics Council Weighs In On Human-Animal Chimerasby Gretchen VogelScience InsiderSeptember 27th, 2011A new report by the German Ethics Council addresses the ethics of human-animal mixtures and recommends that certain practices be forbidden.
Embryo testing stokes concern over designer babiesby Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia NewsMontreal GazetteSeptember 19th, 2011The era of designer babies may be closer than most people think, one of Canada’s leading figures in reproductive medicine is warning.
Sperm Bank Turns Down Redheadsby Richard OrangeTelegraph [UK]September 16th, 2011Cryos, the world's largest sperm bank located in Denmark, has started turning down redheaded donors because there is too little demand for their sperm.
Sex Selection: Not only Asia’s Problem, Says Council of Europe by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 15th, 2011A committee of the Council of Europe approved a draft resolution and recommendations for addressing the growing problem of sex selection in Europe.
Parents could be barred from knowing the sex of their unborn baby by European ruling by Laura DonnellyTelegraph [UK]September 11th, 2011Medical staff should be instructed to "withhold information about the sex of the fetus" according to a draft resolution passed by a Council of Europe committee.
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.
Syphilis Experiments Shock, But So Do Third World Drug Trialsby Susan Donaldson JamesABC NewsAugust 30th, 2011The Presidential Commission for the study of Bioethical Issues revealed shocking new details of U.S. syphilis experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s.
More S'poreans Going Abroad for IVF to Choose Baby's GenderAsia OneAugust 22nd, 2011More and more Singaporeans are heading overseas for medical procedures which allow them to choose their babies' gender.
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 Abortion Trap: How America's obsession with abortion hurts families everywhere[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Mara HvistendahlForeign PolicyJuly 26th, 2011How America's obsession with abortion hurts families everywhere.
Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines on Outsourcing Clinical Trialsby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2011Fault Lines’ Zeina Awad offers a compelling inside look into the questionable business of using vulnerable populations from the developing world to test drugs that will not benefit them and will largely be consumed by Westerners.
Where Families Are Prized, Help Is Freeby Dina KraftNew York TimesJuly 17th, 2011Israel provides unlimited in vitro fertilization procedures for up to two “take-home babies” until a woman is 45.
Sex Selection and Asia's "Missing Girls"[MP3 audio; with CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Michelle ChenAsia Pacific Forum, WBAIJuly 11th, 2011What are the social, cultural, economic and technological factors driving sex selection and what are the consequences?
German campaign to stop DNA database expansion, now in English by Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesJuly 7th, 2011Human Q-tips are the symbol of the Gene-ethical Network's campaign to curtail the ever-expanding German DNA database
IVF still an all-comers affair in Nigeria[Nigeria] by Onche OdehIndependent OnlineJune 22nd, 2011The absence of a regulatory framework for fertility treatment in Nigeria has encouraged quackery in the highly specialized field of medical technology.
UK Drops DNA Tests For Refugees And Asylum Seekers[United Kingdom]National Public RadioJune 17th, 2011Britain has dropped a policy of using DNA tests to identify the nationality of African refugees and asylum seekers after criticism that there is no scientific merit to the practice.
Francis Galton: The man who drew up the 'ugly map' of Britainby Steve JonesBBC NewsJune 16th, 2011One hundred years after the death of Francis Galton, the "father of eugenics," geneticists are increasingly baffled by the nature versus nurture debate. Does the question mean anything in the first place?
Israeli Feminists Weigh in on Egg Donation and Surrogacy Lawsby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesJune 16th, 2011Isha L'Isha gives a voice to those not usually involved in shaping these laws -- the women affected by them.
Suspects caught for illegal online human egg sales[South Korea]by Kim So-hyunThe Korea HeraldJune 14th, 2011Arrest warrants are being sought for two traders.
The Consequence of Unnatural Selection: 160 Million Missing Girlsby Marcy DarnovskyMs. Magazine BlogJune 6th, 2011Mara Hvistendahl's new book provides a deeper understanding of sex selection around the world and makes an urgent case for confronting it.
Sex-selection clinics to be put out of business soon[India]by Kounteya SinhaThe Times of IndiaJune 5th, 2011The moves come with the 2011 Census showing that the sex ratio stands at 914 girls for every 1,000 boys in the 0-6 age group.
Pregnant Vietnamese sent home[Thailand]by Suthiwit ChayutworakanBangkok PostMay 31st, 2011After a raid by Thai police on a criminal surrogacy operation, Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate on combating human trafficking and providing assistance to its victims.
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.
Rights watchdog calls for halt to DNA testing[Canada]CBC NewsMay 25th, 2011Canada's civil liberties watchdog is calling on investigators in a murder investigation to immediately stop voluntary DNA sampling, calling the practice coercive.
Abortions skewing gender ratio[Taiwan]by Vincent Y. Chao and Shelley HuangTaipei TimesMay 17th, 2011Taiwan’s gender imbalance trails only South Korea and China in East Asia because of the cultural emphasis on having boys, who can carry the family name.
Pele fertility doctor 'deceived IVF parents' [Brazil]by Robin YappThe Telegraph (UK)May 16th, 2011A Brazilian fertility expert who helped Pele father twins is suspected of having deceived large numbers of patients into bringing up children that are not genetically theirs.
Stem Cell Strife in US and EU Courtsby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMay 11th, 2011Developments in US and European courts regarding funding and oversight of stem cell research have reopened passionate debates.
Tax agency: DNA test no proof of paternity[Sweden]by Rebecca MartinThe LocalMay 10th, 2011The Swedish Tax Agency does not want to recognise a DNA test as confirmation of the paternity of a Sierra Leone man currently living with his son.
Surrogate children have no right to German passport, court rules[Germany]The LocalApril 28th, 2011In a crucial decision on surrogate births, a court ruled this week that a child born to a surrogate mother in India has no right to a German passport despite having a German biological father.
Selecting for Sons: Indian Women in the USby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesApril 27th, 2011How do Indian immigrants to the US experience the easy availability of sex selection technologies?
ESHRE on Reproductive Tourism: Be Niceby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 26th, 2011The ESHRE "Good practice guide for cross-border reproductive care" is better on defining issues than solving problems.
The cost of fertility treatment 'tourism'[UK]BBC NewsApril 24th, 2011BBC Radio Scotland's The Investigation programme examines the increasing number of couples travelling abroad to seek infertility treatment.
Draft surrogacy act under consideration[Thailand]Bangkok PostApril 22nd, 2011Thailand's Surrogacy Act, which will clarify what had been a legal gray area, has been passed by the Cabinet and now awaits parliamentary approval.
India surrogacy service not a good deal, one family saysby Mark MagnierLos Angeles TimesApril 18th, 2011The Toronto couple wanted to save money, so they worked with an Indian clinic to have a child through a surrogate. Then, they say, came a sort of bait and switch. The clinic denies any wrongdoing.
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.
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