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Douglas Pet graduated from a double-bachelor’s degree program at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston. He received a B.A. with majors in Anthropology and Community Health (focusing on biomedical and evolutionary issues) from Tufts and a B.M. in Jazz Performance from NEC.  Doug's areas of focus include the human/reproductive rights issues involved in commercial surrogacy, sterilization and eugenic issues, and human gene patenting.  Having worked several years in group homes for the Department of Children and Family Services, Doug has a background in social and legal issues affecting marginalized youth and families. Studying global public health and evolutionary medicine in college, Doug developed a passionate interest in the cultural and social justice dimensions of evolving medical technologies.

Prometheus: Bound. Myriad: Condemned?by Doug Pet and Daniel SharpBiopolitical TimesMarch 26th, 2012The Supreme Court has asked a lower court to reconsider its ruling in the Myriad Genetics gene patent case, in light of the High Court’s recent decision to invalidate Prometheus Laboratories’ patents.
SynBioWatch to Hold Public Discussion on Synthetic Biology Risksby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMarch 16th, 2012A social and environmental justice coalition, SynbioWatch, will hold a public meeting to discuss the possible dangers associated with synthetic biology.
How to Use $90? Buy a Gene Ring, or Burn for Warmth?by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesDecember 8th, 2011ConnectMyDNA is marketing the “Gene Ring,” which it baselessly claims can reveal your genetic compatibility to other Gene Ring purchasers, and your ties to foreign countries.
Sex Selection Game-Changer? New Fetal Gene Test Reveals Sex at 7 Weeksby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesNovember 9th, 2011New non-invasive prenatal testing will enable parents to know a fetus's sex, Down's status, and possibly other traits dramatically earlier in a pregnancy.
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.
Myriad’s Molecular Monopoly to Face the Nineby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 20th, 2011The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation will petition the Supreme Court to rule on the legality of Myriad Genetics’ patents on cancer-related genes.
DNA Forensics: Setting the (Fool’s) Gold Standardby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 13th, 2011Emerging DNA forensic techniques require urgent scientific and legal scrutiny.
Celebrating Dorothy Roberts and Fatal Inventionby Doug PetBiopolitical 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.
Celebrating Our Bodies Ourselvesby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 29th, 2011A series of public events marks the 40th anniversary of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Sex Selection Blares on World Bank’s Radarby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 21st, 2011The World Bank’s 2012 World Development Report, entitled “Gender Equality and Development” recognizes sex selection as a global issue perpetuating gender inequality.
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.
Sperm Donor Siblings: Family Trees, Invisible Rootsby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 8th, 2011The New York Times reports that some fertility clinics use sperm from “popular” donors over and over again, in one case creating 150 related offspring.
Race and bio-patents don't mixby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesAugust 3rd, 2011The Washington Post ran a piece drawing heavily on Jonathan Kahn's recent work, which examines how US patent procedure is forcing race into genetic and medical research.
A Near-Miss on Gene Patents in Congressby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesJune 23rd, 2011A House bill seeking to work around the harms of gene patents may inadvertently threaten ongoing efforts toward a ban, many advocacy and medical groups worry.
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.
More Arguing About Human Gene Patents in Courtby Doug PetBiopolitical 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.
Genetic Bill of Rights: Teetering on the brink of Massachusetts law? by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMarch 31st, 2011The Massachusetts legislature will deliberate on the introduction of a Genetic Bill of Rights next week. Public interest advocates are signing on in support while others oppose.
3-Month Pregnancies for Hire: A Pure Fantasy? by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMarch 24th, 2011Tze Chun’s short film Silver Sling depicts a grim future for commercial surrogacy, and reflects on a grim present.
New film depicts a genetically engineered, anti-gay future by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMarch 17th, 2011Nisha Ganatra’s Beholder depicts a future in which children are genetically designed and homosexuality is screened out of the population.
Instant DNA fingerprinting with the push of a buttonby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMarch 3rd, 2011A new rapid DNA analyzer is being tested for use by the Department of Homeland Security.
Forced sterilization considered in a UK court by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesFebruary 17th, 2011A British special court delayed its ruling on whether or not a woman with “significant learning disabilities” should be forcibly sterilized.
India moves toward regulation of assisted reproduction and surrogacy by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesFebruary 10th, 2011The Indian Ministry of Health has finalized its 2010 ART Regulation bill, which if approved will have enormous implications for global ART and surrogacy.
Your Next Book: Genetic Justiceby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesJanuary 13th, 2011A new book about the use of DNA-based techniques in the criminal justice system is a biopolitical must-read.
A Mississippi prison sentence: 16 years and a kidneyby Doug PetJanuary 6th, 2011The governor of Mississippi releases imprisoned sisters under the condition one agrees to donate a kidney to the other.
WikiLeaks Raise Genetic Concernsby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesDecember 2nd, 2010Wiki-leaked documents reveal US government efforts to stockpile DNA from foreign diplomats.
Fertility’s Mega-Mallby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2010The “Fertility Show” in London literally displays how the ART industry is commidfying fertility.
Local eugenics past and present: A rare self-examinationby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 28th, 2010Many gathered at U of Alberta to re-examine the history and modern implications of local eugenic sterilization.
"You Steal, You’re Marked"by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 21st, 2010New security measures in the Netherlands use location-specific synthetic DNA spray to mark suspects.
Nuffield Council voices critical concerns on DTC gene testsby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2010The Nuffield Council on Bioethics announces its report calling for comprehensive oversight and consumer protections around DTC gene tests.
Time to Stop Burying Our Eugenic Historiesby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2010Reductionist reports of a woman's recent lawsuit against the state for forcible sterilization indicate a fading consciousness of our society's recent eugenic past.
Role-playing transhumanism: Not just a gameby Doug PetOctober 7th, 2010“Deus Ex”: A transhumanist-themed video game series presenting a balanced picture of the human enhancement issue? Nope.
Helmet, Jersey, Shoulder Pads…Gene Test? by Doug PetSeptember 23rd, 2010The Washington Post reports on a controversial new policy to test athletes for sickle-cell genes.
DTC Domains: ‘Get ‘em while they’re hot!’by Doug PetSeptember 15th, 2010Epik.com plans to auction off a prime batch of personal genomics-themed domain names, including the sought after “DNASequencing.com”.
Gopher Kids or Guinea Pigs?by Doug PetAugust 13th, 2010University of Minnesota researchers attempting to investigate the genetic features of “normal and healthy” kids plan to solicit DNA samples from child-parent volunteer pairs at this month’s state fair.
Wise Words from a Comedic Criticby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesJuly 14th, 2010Sultan of satirical news, Stephen Colbert regularly calls attention to important biopolitical issues. Within many of his uproarious commentaries and interviews are meaningful insights.
Marketing Transhumanism: A New Retail-friendly Faceby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesJuly 7th, 2010At the recent H+ summit, self-help guru Robert Tercek made a case for bundling transhumanism into a “friendly-faced” and easy-to-consume package.

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