|Altering human embryos giving rise to designer babies [Video][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]March 14th, 2016Tall, olive skin, brown hair, and blue eyes, these aren't descriptions found in an online dating profile. They are choices to those who are sperm shopping. CCTV America's Shraysi Tandon reports on the recent advancements in reproduction and fertility technologies.|
|Surrogacy as an Iceberg: 90 Percent Below Water, Biopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2015While agencies market surrogacy as a fulfilling “journey,” they also caution prospective consumers about ethical and financial pitfalls. These contradictory messages reflect the true complexity of commercial surrogacy. |
|The Future of Conception, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 8th, 2015Numerous writers took advantage of the ending year to look broadly at just how drastically we are changing the process of baby-making, and what it all means for society.|
|Breaking from our Eugenic Past, Biopolitical TimesNovember 13th, 2014As the victims of North Carolina's eugenics program finally receive compensation, we should not celebrate "the new eugenics" as some have argued, but learn carefully from this history.|
|Preference for Sons Hurts Mothers, Council 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.|
|Is it a Boy?, The Harvard IndependentApril 4th, 2014Today, the use of PGD to select gender is a multi-million dollar enterprise. I would argue that prenatal gender selection is worrisome both from an ethical and societal standpoint. |
|Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?, New York TimesJanuary 18th, 2014Google searches suggest that American parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny. Among those looking for information on sex selection, there is about a 10 percent preference for boys.|
|The Arlene Bynon Show[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], The Arlene Bynon ShowOctober 7th, 2013Marcy Darnovsky discusses 23andMe's recent "designer baby" patent with on a national affairs program broadcast on SiriusXM. |
|Girls Not Allowed, New InternationalistOctober 4th, 2013Honest regulation of sex selection, however tricky to enforce, is necessary because individual acts are having extremely harmful collective consequences.|
|Gendercide in the CaucasusThe EconomistSeptember 21st, 2013The practice of aborting female foetuses is found mostly in China and other Asian countries. But it is prevalent in the Caucasus, too. Two new studies look at why—and suggest the practice may spread.|
|More Female Fetuses Aborted in Europe, DWJanuary 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?
, TimeJanuary 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.
|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. |
|How To Buy A Daughter[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
HuffPost LiveSeptember 18th, 2012Gender selection procedures make up a $100 million per year industry. But are women embracing a new reproductive freedom or paying for risky, high-tech eugenics?|
|Changes for India’s ART Industry?, Biopolitical 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.”|
|Designer Babies in Popular Culture, Biopolitical TimesJune 21st, 2012The Whitest Kids U’Know’s comedic parody of genetic counseling is reminiscent of a similar scene in GATTACA.
|Sex Selection, Politics and U.S. Law, Biopolitical TimesMay 31st, 2012A cynical attempt to make access to abortion harder by banning selective-abortion failed in the U.S. House of Representatives.|
|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.|
|Mara Hvistendahl's Unnatural Selection Finalist for Pulitzer , Biopolitical TimesApril 26th, 2012Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men has been cited as one of the best books of 2011 by many publications, and has now been recognized by the Pulitzer Board as a finalist for the General Nonfiction award. |
|Boy or Girl? Why Dads Want Sons, but Moms Want Daughters.Women strongly prefer daughters while men wants sons, a study finds. Could this lead to sex selection?, TimeJanuary 19th, 2012A Canadian survey finds significant preferences about the preferred sex of offspring; a medical journal editorializes that parents shouldn’t learn their baby-to-be’s sex until after 30 weeks of pregnancy.
|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.
|Sex Selection Blares on World Bank’s Radar, Biopolitical 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.
|Abortions skewing gender ratio[Taiwan], Taipei 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.
|One Step Closer to Designer BabiesNew Noninvasive Prenatal Genetic Testing Could Change Human Pregnancy Forever, Science ProgressApril 22nd, 2011A new approach to testing the genes of early-stage fetuses could radically alter the experience of pregnancy and parenting from as early as five weeks, leading to a potentially dangerous moral quandary.|
|Criminal Surrogacy Ring Exposed in Thailand, Biopolitical TimesMarch 2nd, 2011Police in Thailand have broken up a criminal operation, apparently based in Taiwan and with an office in Cambodia, that sold the services of Vietnamese women as surrogates.|
|Fertility’s Mega-Mall, Biopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2010The “Fertility Show” in London literally displays how the ART industry is commidfying fertility.
|International Survey of ART Released, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 23rd, 2010The International Federation of Fertility Societies has just released Surveillance 2010, the 5th edition of a triennial global survey of the assisted reproduction industry.|
|Struggling to Control Fertility Tourism, Biopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2010Several countries are trying to figure out what to do about their citizens who go abroad for assisted reproduction procedures to evade local prohibitions (or just to save money).|
|Missing Girls in Asia: Two Frameworks, Biopolitical TimesMarch 11th, 2010What happens when modern reproductive technology enables son preference? Tens of millions of girls have died as young children due to neglect, have been killed as infants, or were never born due to sex-selective abortions.|
|Sex Selection: Tools for Action, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 10th, 2010Information, political education activities, and policy suggestions for reproductive rights and justice advocates.|
|Land of the Rising Son, The Globe and MailSeptember 19th, 2009The skewed sex selection in India is worsening in some of the richest neighborhoods of the country. The reasons – and solutions – have government and activists stumped.
|The Gray Areas at the Edges of Regulation, Biopolitical TimesAugust 26th, 2009The UK experience with regulation continues to offer lessons, as sperm sellers are arrested, US companies promote sex selection to Britons, and an MP has his DNA removed from the police database.|
|Family Unbalancing, Biopolitical TimesJune 16th, 2009The New York Times is reporting on evidence that Americans of Chinese, Indian and Korean descent have a statistically significant preference for male children.|
|23andMe Targets Mommies-to-Be, Biopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2009The personal genomics company's new target is pregnant women. Are early-stage fetuses next?|
|Public Opinion, Here and Abroad , Biopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2008In the last few days, two interesting public opinion polls on stem cell research, cloning, and related topics were released.|
|Here, Blue Still Wins Over Pink, The Times of IndiaAugust 5th, 2008If the child sex ratio of India is anything to go by, a baby boy is still the preferred progeny. The dismal sex ratio trends are a telling comment on an educated society that refuses to rid itself of its regressive male bias.|
|Kiwis consider sex selection, Biopolitical TimesJune 20th, 2008The New Zealand Bioethics Council recommended allowing prospective parents to use sex selection through PGD for family balancing. |
|Sex selection: On sale here, Biopolitical TimesApril 24th, 2008A discount offer - on an ethically sketchy and unnecessary invasive procedure.|
|Accuracy of gender test kits in question, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 24th, 2008Marketing directly to consumers, a new crop of companies has jumped into a realm of dubious science, mining DNA to offer information on ethnic heritage, long-lost relatives, personalized dieting plans -- even the sports for which one is best suited.|
|Vietnam's Girls Go Missing, Time.comNovember 2nd, 2007Vietnam is the latest country to report an alarming skew towards boy babies, one that may lead to vast societal upheaval.|
|New Technologies, Old Prejudices, Biopolitical TimesAugust 29th, 2007Sex selection in China is driven by a combination of traditional preference for sons and strict government policy that limits many couples to one child. An additional key factor is the availability of prenatal screening technology.|
|Birth Without the Bother?, New York TimesJuly 23rd, 2007"So where do we regulate and draw the line? My vote is to allow genetic technologies aimed at combating disease or infertility, but to bar any effort that goes beyond the curative to enhance the germ line DNA of our offspring."|
|New Home Test for Sex of an Embryo at Six Weeks Raises Concerns“Pink or Blue ® Gender Test” likely to lead to increase in sex selection, says public interest groupMay 4th, 2007A new home-based test for expectant mothers allows them to learn the sex of their embryo as early as at six weeks of pregnancy, claims the British manufacturer, DNA Worldwide. This will likely lead to an increase in sex selection, according to the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest group.|
|General Electric profits on sex selection in India, Biopolitical TimesMarch 8th, 2007The Washington Times reports on the scores of thousands of specially designed low-cost ultrasound machines that have been manufactured by General Electric and the Bangalore software company Wipro, and sold with the help of cheap credit offered by GE Capital Services India.|
|Sex selection and the New York Times, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 11th, 2007When the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that it's unethical for doctors to participate in sex selection for "family balancing" or "personal preference" because doing so would support sexism, you'd expect a bit of media attention.|
|Sex selection is a problem. But a national security threat?, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 17th, 2007Feminist scholar and activist Betsy Hartmann has long cautioned that fears of “over-population” are being used to introduce coercive family planning practices. She is now flagging a new worrisome trend: conservatives who are pushing the view that sex selection in South Asia, which is causing what they term a “surplus” of unmarried young men, constitutes a threat to global and national security.|
|NPR discusses sex selection, Biopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2006Check out what Sujatha Jesudason (CGS program director) has to say about this on an "All Things Considered" series on NPR.|
|Genetics and Justice [PDF]The Impact of Sex Selection in
Asian Pacific American (APA) CommunitiesNovember 6th, 2006Presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA|
|The War on Gender: Global Sex Selection, Biopolitical TimesNovember 2nd, 2006The recently released UN report on violence against women cites sex-selection and infanticide as growing problems. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert agrees. In his column today, Herbert writes appropriately that the news media is reacting to worldwide violence against women with little more than a “collective yawn.”|
|Survey of Fertility Clinics: Selection Technologies Widespread in the U.S.Genetic CrossroadsOctober 20th, 2006Half of U.S. fertility clinics that offer the embryo screening technique known as PGD say they allow couples to use it to choose the sex of their child, according to a survey recently released by the Genetics and Public Policy Center and published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.|
|Where Do Babies Come From?, Washington PostSeptember 17th, 2006"In its early days, PGD targeted fatal childhood diseases such as Tay-Sachs. But a new survey of U.S. fertility clinics, scheduled for release this week by the Genetics and Public Policy Center (GPPC), suggests that the line is moving."|
|A Generation of Women Wiped Out? [PDF], Glamour"It Sounds like science fiction, but in India it's all too real: Technology is being used to drastically reduce the the number of girls being born."|
|The Future of Violence Against WomenHuman Rights & the New Genetics, US Women Without BordersFebruary 21st, 2006If we consider the different kinds of reproductive screening technologies promoted in the U. S. today, we can see the kind of troubling questions these technologies raise for women. Women's bodies are increasingly medicalized in these processes now, and women are under increasing pressures to produce particular kinds of children, whether they be of a particular sex or ability.|
|Opinion: Select one: a boy or a girl?, NewsdayJanuary 3rd, 2006"Humans always have cared about the gender of their offspring and over the centuries have used a variety of means, from herbal teas to infanticide, to attempt to get the boy or girl they wanted."|
|Questions Raised Over Accuracy of Gender TestNPR Morning EditionOctober 10th, 2005NPR News follows up on its recent story: 12 women now claim that the Baby Gendor Mentor was inaccurate, and the Illinois Attorney General is investigating.|
|Critics Question Accuracy of Fetus Sex TestNational Public RadioSeptember 29th, 2005NPR reports that there is no evidence to support the accuracy of a new test that claims to report the sex of an embryo as early as at five weeks of pregnancy.|
|Firm hired to help find first stem cell chief, San Francisco Chronicle February 4th, 2005Facing a May target for issuing its first stem cell research grants, directors of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine hired professional help Thursday to hunt for a chief executive while its first few staffers settle into temporary headquarters in the East Bay.|
|It's a Boy! We Made Sure of It, East Bay ExpressNovember 3rd, 2004"Although still in clinical trials, the availability of gender selection for the masses has begun to permeate popular consciousness via the company's ads, which tout sperm sorting as a tool for 'family balancing.' "|
|In Search of Baby Perfect, Today onlineSeptember 25th, 2004Singaporean couples are traveling to Malaysia for PGD, including for tissue typing and sex selection. "There are no legal guidelines for PGD to be performed in Malaysia."|
|Boy or girl?The Lengths Some Couples Will Go To Select the Sex Of Their Child - And the Sticky Social Issues They’re Raising Along With the Baby, NewsdayJuly 14th, 2004|
|Boy or Girl?Do you think parents should be able to choose the sex of their future children?, NewsdayJune 14th, 2004Society needs to have a serious discussion about the issue of gender selection, all involved say.|
|Background materials on sex selectionDistributed at Within and Beyond Human Nature conference, Berlin, Germany, October 2003Background materials on sex selection, distributed at Within and Beyond Human Nature conference, Berlin, Germany, October 2003|
|A Girl or Boy, You Pick, The Los Angeles TimesJuly 23rd, 2002Embryo sorting makes it possible to screen for gender and diseases. But the embryos no one wants raise profound ethical questions.|