|Human Stem Cell Cloning: 'Holy Grail' or Techno-Fantasy?, CNNMay 17th, 2013There is definitely something special about this idea of "therapeutic cloning," something that has a religious feel to it. We are told that there will be great medical benefits and that the risks that there will be cloned babies are small, but in truth it's the other way round.|
|Cloning-Derived Stem Cells Raise Policy Questions, Biopolitical TimesMay 16th, 2013Yesterday’s announcement that stem cells have been derived from cloned human embryos set off a media flurry, but important questions about reproductive cloning and women’s health were not widely addressed.|
|There's More to Life Than Freezing Your Eggs[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober], The AtlanticMay 14th, 2013Suddenly, it seems, everyone is singing the praises of egg freezing as the latest cure for a woman's declining fertility, but it isn't quite the panacea the media would have you believe.|
|Talking Biopolitics is Back!, Biopolitical TimesMay 13th, 2013A series of live web-based conversations with cutting-edge thinkers on the social meaning of human biotechnologies will be kicking off next week. RSVP now to join the conversations!
|The Big Freeze, Biopolitical TimesMay 9th, 2013The Wall Street Journal devoted almost two full pages to a piece championing social egg freezing, and gave it a headline that is pure sales.|
|Made-to-Order Embryos: You Want to Sell What?!, Biopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2013The fact that a fertility clinic can own and sell made-to-order embryos for profit raises novel concerns that should not be collapsed into predefined frameworks used to assess other assisted reproductive technologies.
|The Baby Blueprint [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]Al Jazeera EnglishApril 22nd, 2013Would you choose your child's genetic potential? Live debate with Marcy Darnovsky, Stuart Newman, Julian Savulescu, and Nita Farahany.|
|Synthetic Biology as Public Relations, Biopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2013Recent synthetic biology projects related to malaria, flu and conservation are providing PR cover for the field and its corporate sponsors.|
|Egg Freezing: WTF?*[Op-Ed], The Feminist WireApril 14th, 2013Egg freezing is invasive, dangerous, unregulated, and insanely expensive. Worse, it isn’t a social solution, so it cannot address the social causes that make it so difficult to balance career and family.|
|The Right to Speak Out[Editorial]NatureApril 9th, 2013Controversy over the results touted by a genetic-ancestry firm has highlighted the need for reform of the United Kingdom’s restrictive libel law.|
|The Era of Genetics-Based Advertising is Coming, WiredMarch 28th, 2013If you thought personalised advertising based on your Facebook status updates, Gmail content or online browsing behaviour was creepy, just you wait. The era of genetics-based advertising is coming, and it could be just as profitable.|
|Fixing Psychiatric Research At A University[Op-Ed], PharmalotMarch 20th, 2013University of Minnesota bioethicist Carl Elliott has explored a controversial episode over a clinical trial and a suicide at his own university over the past few years; he explains why now is the time to get involved.|
|GM Babies?, Biopolitical TimesMarch 5th, 2013A debate about genetically engineered babies is hijacked by slick rhetoric.
|Guidelines for Genetic Testing of Children, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 28th, 2013A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics discusses when doctors should suggest a genetic test for a child.
|Race as Biology in The New York Times , Biopolitical TimesFebruary 21st, 2013A prominent science writer’s troubling choice of words about “race” suggest that it is biological reality rather than social category.|
|Gene-ism and the Trout in the Milk, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2013The remains of King Richard III were not really identified by DNA, but that was what the headlines said.|
|Neo Neanderthal[With CGS's Pete Shanks], HuffPost LiveJanuary 25th, 2013A leading geneticist at Harvard Medical School says he can clone a Neanderthal and resurrect the extinct species. What are the ethical issues, risks and benefits?|
|Gene-ism and Mass Murder, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 22nd, 2013Proposals to analyze the genes of a mass murderer have rightly drawn criticism from experts, including the editors of Nature. |
|Biotech's 10 Biggest PR Disasters of 2012GMWatchDecember 31st, 20122012 was the year the lights came up on the biotech industry. Its claims, its tactics and its products all came under scrutiny and some of its biggest PR fairytales bit the dust. Here are some prime examples.|
|Clones and Cloud Atlas, Biopolitical TimesNovember 13th, 2012Of the many characters in Cloud Atlas that explore what it means to be human, the most eloquent is a genetically engineered clone.|
|Money Doesn't Talk, It Lies, Biopolitical TimesNovember 1st, 2012California's Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified food, is being battered by a million dollars a day of deceptive commercials, but the race is roughly tied.|
|Advocating Human Germline Interventions, Biopolitical TimesOctober 28th, 2012Scientists in Oregon have published a paper that explicitly challenges the legal and procedural system that forbids genetic experiments on future generations, but most reports miss the full implications of the announcement.|
|Bill McKibben on Real Time With Bill Maher, Biopolitical TimesOctober 18th, 2012Bill McKibben discusses the radical implications of climate change and the troubling proposal made by some to "alter [human] behavior and physiology" to deal with these changes. |
|Anatomy of a Webpage, Part 2: Preconception ServicesOctober 17th, 2012People living with genetic diseases become medicalized abstractions of risk and defect in the slick marketing of fetal gene tests. More than a matter of semantics, such simplification has negative consequences for all.|
|Stem-Cell Fraud Hits Febrile Field, NatureOctober 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.
|The HealerHow Shinya Yamanaka Transformed the Stem-Cell War and Made Everyone a Winner, SlateOctober 9th, 2012Shinya Yamanaka's research on "induced pluripotent stem cells" earned him a Nobel Prize. But much of the media coverage missed half the story. Yamanaka’s venture wasn’t just an experiment. It was a moral project.|
|Life: Digital and Synthetic?, Biopolitical TimesJuly 20th, 2012As Craig Venter unveils his newest plan to create life from scratch, questions about what this means and the consequences of doing so abound.
What is life? A strange – perhaps obtuse – question. But the answer has profound consequences for how we as a society come to grips with novel biotechnologies. |
|Ethics Schmethics Says Ethicist, Biopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2012The approach of the Olympics sparks the usual flood of pro-enhancement articles, notably an interview with Julian Savulescu. |
|"Tainted Families" Ancient and Modern, Biopolitical TimesJuly 11th, 2012Paul Lombardo has well summarized the use of the "Jukes family" myth to promote eugenics, in the 19th, 20th and now 21st century.|
|Survival of the Fastest?, Biopolitical TimesJuly 10th, 2012Michael Johnson, the legendary athlete, recently made global headlines for suggesting that black American and Caribbean sprinters have a "superior athletic gene."|
|Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Destroy the World, Biopolitical TimesJune 22nd, 2012A recent article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine hypes Craig Venter and synthetic biology as green solutions to the world’s woes. The real story is what the article missed.|
|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.
|Artificial DNA Presents Real Dangers, Biopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2012The creation of “artificial DNA” has generated substantial media buzz. The untold story behind the hype is about the new risks synthetic biology presents. |
|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. |
|Gene of the Week: The Nice Gene, Biopolitical TimesApril 19th, 2012Media outlets hype "nice gene" study and distort scientific nuance in this week's "gene of the week."|
|Genetic April Foolery on NPR and in The Economist, Biopolitical TimesApril 5th, 2012The mainstream media is increasingly getting into the April Fools game. This year featured at least two established news organizations suddenly finding a sense of humor and using genetic technologies to, at least for one day, betray their loyal readers’ trust.
|Gene of the Week — Not!, Biopolitical TimesMarch 5th, 2012A pair of political scientists who specialize in behavioral genetics demolish a paper for claiming that "two genes predict political voter turnout" and then draw much broader conclusions about the failures of reductionist genomics.|
|Stem Cell Fraud Is the Real Issue in Texas, Biopolitical TimesMarch 2nd, 2012Bioethicist Glenn McGee has resigned from Celltex. His connection with the controversial stem-cell company has raised important issues about its business practices.|
|Assisted Reproduction Technologies Hit Prime Time , Biopolitical TimesFebruary 23rd, 2012This month’s episodes of Glee and Modern Family – two of the most popular prime time television shows – featured central characters contemplating assisted reproductive technologies.
|Worrying New Signs of Interest in Re-engineering Humans, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 23rd, 2012Several academics and defense department employees are actively discussing the idea of engineering people, for warfare, to express social values and even to react to climate change.|
|Dog Cloning Infomercial on TV, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 12th, 2012A soft-focus TV documentary downplayed the practical realities of dog cloning in favor of kooky-human dramas|
|Signs of Skepticism About DNA Forensics, Biopolitical TimesDecember 1st, 2011Several recent editorials and other articles are expressing a more nuanced view of the issues involved in DNA forensic databases.|
|An IVF Groupon? November 10th, 2011Some practitioners have used Groupon for elective procedures such as cosmetic surgery and teeth whitening. But is this a model for reproductive medicine? |
|Hwang Clones Coyotes, Scores Headlines, Biopolitical TimesOctober 19th, 2011Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk continues his efforts at rehabilitation by cloning endangered coyotes.|
|Celebrating Dorothy Roberts and Fatal Invention, Biopolitical TimesOctober 6th, 2011The Center for Genetics and Society co-sponsored two events celebrating Dorothy Roberts' new book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century.
|Turning 40, Going GlobalSeptember 28th, 2011Born in Boston, Our Bodies, Ourselves has become an international force for women's rights.|
|Scrambled Yeast: Breakthrough or Just More Hype?, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 15th, 2011The alluring notion that synthetic biology "breakthroughs" will soon enable us to rebuild genomes to desired phenotypic ends may be out of sync with the true state of our knowledge.
|The Problem with Twin Studies, Biopolitical TimesAugust 26th, 2011Slate's Brian Palmer critiques the proliferation of scientific findings based on twin studies that claim to isolate the genetic underpinnings of human behavior.|
|Race and bio-patents don't mix, Biopolitical 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.
|How to Hack a Genome, Biopolitical TimesJuly 20th, 2011Synthetic biology seems to have taken a major step forward, with the publication of a technique for making multiple alterations to a living genome.|
|Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines on Outsourcing Clinical Trials, Biopolitical 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.|
|Honorary Degree For Henrietta Lacks, Biopolitical TimesJune 9th, 2011One of the most interesting ways in which Lacks has been recognized is the granting of a posthumous honorary degree (doctorate of public service) by Morgan State University|
|Dreams of the Week, Biopolitical TimesMay 18th, 2011Several recent announcements and studies appear to presage renewed interest in manipulating the biology that is thought to control longevity and especially our children's happiness and intelligence.|
|Media Passes Gene Test, Parents Flunk, Biopolitical TimesApril 21st, 2011Parents interested in having their own genes tested also want to test their kids, but the media reports quote experts recommending against routine testing of children for adult-onset diseases.|
|More Arguing About Human Gene Patents in Court, Biopolitical TimesApril 7th, 2011A Federal Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments in the Myriad case, but gave no hint of its decision; either way, many expect it to go to the Supreme Court.
|Gene of the Week: Christianity, Biopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2011Gay scientists are reported to have isolate the 'Christian gene' and to have successfully removed it from experimental rats.|
|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.|
|Isn't It Time to Focus on the Real Future?, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 16th, 2011Time magazine features a glowing story about Ray Kurzweil, of Singularity fame. But does the hoopla around Kurzweil's tomorrow distract from the important problems of today?|
|Testing for Brains, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2011Discussing DTC tests, even libertarians seem to slip into some kind of contradictory acceptance of regulation.|
|Your Next Book: Genetic Justice, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 13th, 2011A new book about the use of DNA-based techniques in the criminal justice system is a biopolitical must-read.
|The Baby Business: A Fairy Tale?, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 6th, 2011Yet another first-person account that puts rose-tinted glasses on the potential for exploitation in the commercial surrogacy business. |
|Synthetic Hype, Biopolitical Times guest contributorDecember 27th, 2010Hype has consequences. It does not simply generate support for science; it profoundly impacts major decisions regarding the allocation of scare biomedical resources. It has also promoted the increasing commercialization of academia.|
|Synthetic Hype, Biopolitical Times guest contributorDecember 27th, 2010Hype has consequences. It does not simply generate support for science; it profoundly impacts major decisions regarding the allocation of scare biomedical resources. It has also promoted the increasing commercialization of academia.|
|Gruesome Murder Plot With an ART Twist , Biopolitical TimesDecember 21st, 2010Infertility can be stressful, both emotionally and financially. It is not uncommon for this to lead couples to separate or divorce. But murder?|
|Questions Over California’s Newborn Screening Program, Biopolitical TimesNovember 24th, 2010KTVU ran a special report last week on California’s newborn screening program. The report highlights the extent to which parents are unaware that the bloodspot card is kept on file by the state. Indefinitely. |
|Europeans Want Regulation for Biotech, Biopolitical TimesNovember 18th, 2010The latest Eurobarometer report on biotechnology shows that Europeans, in general, support medical uses of technology as long as they are carefully regulated.|
|Time to Nationalize IRBs? , Biopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2010Alice Dreger makes a proposal worth paying attention to: nationalize institutional review boards (IRBs).|
|Science in the New York Times, Biopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2010The anniversary issue of the Science Times section includes analysis and predictions as well as news.|
|60 Minutes on Stem Cells and Snake Oil, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 22nd, 201060 Minutes recently re-aired a story about stem cell con artists who play on the desperation of people with fatal degenerative diseases.|
|The Great Gene Hunt (cont'd), Biopolitical TimesSeptember 3rd, 2010Accurate reporting and headlines should not be noteworthy, but when it comes to genetics they are -- and Reuters got one right.|
|ART and Art in the Movies 2010, Biopolitical TimesAugust 25th, 2010Assisted reproductive technologies are a repeating theme this year in Hollywood, and the results seem to be decidedly mixed.|
|Time to Clean Up After Cloning Cattle, Biopolitical TimesAugust 17th, 2010The USDA is still committed to promoting livestock cloning, but recent bad publicity makes it clear that the technology remains unpopular, unnecessary, and unethical.|
|Wise Words from a Comedic Critic, Biopolitical 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. |
|Made in India, Biopolitical TimesJuly 2nd, 2010Made in India is a newly released documentary that explores India’s reproductive tourism industry through an ethical, social, and feminist lens.
|Politics Belong in Science, Biopolitical TimesJune 30th, 2010Reflecting on Venter's recent announcement and Obama's call to study Synthetic Biology, Time's Nancy Gibbs clarifies that political engagement with science is essential.|
|A Curious Incident, Biopolitical TimesJune 30th, 2010The 10th anniversary of the first Human Genome Project announcement passed with remarkably little hoopla.|
|A Singular Kind of Eugenics, Biopolitical TimesJune 16th, 2010Modern techno-utopianism, discussed in a recent feature on Singularity University, has worryingly eugenic overtones.|
|"Splice" is an Infertile Hybrid, Biopolitical TimesJune 8th, 2010The movie Splice is neither deep enough to be interesting nor shocking enough to succeed as horror.|
|Reactions to Venter's Latest Synthetic Biology Announcement , Biopolitical TimesMay 22nd, 2010The announcement of the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell provoked considerable comment, and led President Obama to make synthetic biology the first order of business for his Bioethics Commission.|
|IVF Doc Promotes IVF Shock, Biopolitical TimesMay 20th, 2010New reports that IVF will replace sex turn out to be based partly on a misunderstanding.|
|Gene of the Week: Debt, Biopolitical TimesMay 19th, 2010Recent headlines may have exaggerated a gene's apparent impact on indebtedness. On top of that, an observer proposed testing and perhaps even genetically modifying people for this condition.|
|Race, Genetics, and Law School Emails, Biopolitical TimesMay 9th, 2010The blogosphere was recently set ablaze by a leaked email from a third year Harvard Law student who, after a dinner with friends, wrote to clarify his/her position on race, genetics, and intelligence.|
|Fiction in Science, Biopolitical TimesMay 7th, 2010The journal Science cheapens its coverage of an important paper by including speculation, which it refutes, about the cloning of Neanderthals.|
|Gene Patents on CBS's "60 Minutes", Biopolitical TimesApril 2nd, 2010This Sunday, the long-running American television news show will air a segment on the debate over human gene patents.|
|Gene of the Week: DIY, Biopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2010Claims that do-it-yourself abilities are genetic are even more problematic than other "genes of the week" on which we've commented before.|
|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.|
|DNA Ancestry Testing on TV, Biopolitical TimesMarch 10th, 2010"Faces of America," with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., raised interesting questions though it somewhat over-simplified DNA ancestry testing.|
|Gene of the week: Entrepreneurship, Biopolitical TimesMarch 5th, 2010A recent segment on the widely-broadcast public radio show Marketplace asks whether entrepreneurship is in our genes.|
|Pin the Sperm on the Egg, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2010A San Francisco couple put a twist on the baby-making process by hosting a $35 a head party to raise funds for assisted reproduction.|
|Nudging the Discourse?, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 8th, 2010The Popular Mechanics article misleadingly titled "How to Create a Designer Baby" includes a call for regulation of assisted reproduction.|
|Enhancement: From Steroids to Skin Tone, Biopolitical TimesDecember 5th, 2009As during the 1998 baseball season, when Mark McGwire is in the news, Sammy Sosa isn’t far behind. And neither are troubling questions about enhancement. Sosa shocked many a few weeks ago by appearing at the Latin Grammys with dramatically lighter skin. |
|Hot Air and Cat Hype, Biopolitical TimesDecember 3rd, 2009Allerca Lifestyle Pets is getting out of the hypoallergenic cat business - if it was ever really in it.|
|Genes and Jobs: U of Akron Tests the Testing Laws, Biopolitical TimesNovember 4th, 2009The University of Akron (UA) has a policy that could require any candidate for employment to submit a DNA sample, despite the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act.|
|Womb Transplants in Two Years?, Biopolitical TimesNovember 2nd, 2009A reality check greets British fertility researchers' claim that human womb transplants will be available in as little as two years.|
|Promises, Promises, The ScientistNovember 1st, 2009Ill-judged predictions and projections can be embarrassing at best and, at worst, damaging to the authority of science and science policy.|
|Return of the GenRich?, Biopolitical TimesOctober 29th, 2009There has been a brief flurry of discussion about future separate species of humans.|
|Hwang is Convicted, Biopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2009Hwang Woo-Suk, the notorious Korean stem-cell and cloning researcher, was given a suspended two-year prison sentence and three years of probation by a Seoul court on Monday.|
|Monkeys, Mitochondria, and the Human Germline , Bioethics ForumSeptember 18th, 2009The researchers into radically novel techniques display an alarmingly casual attitude toward risks to the potential children born, the difficulties and dangers of obtaining the large numbers of the required women's eggs, and the potentially dire social consequences of human inheritable genetic modification.|
|What's in a Name?, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 14th, 2009The naming of a new park after noted eugenicist William Shockley has drawn international attention to the small town of Auburn, California.|
|Gray Goo Hits the Silver Screen, Biopolitical TimesAugust 31st, 2009G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has been one of the summer’s top grossing movies, raking in over $256 million in box office sales over the past few weeks. From a Biopolitical Times perspective, what’s interesting is that the entire plot concerns the disaster and chaos that may come when nanotechnology falls into the wrong hands. |
|Everyday Eugenics, Biopolitical TimesJuly 22nd, 2009Although the American Eugenics movement ended over 50 years ago, aspects of eugenic thinking continue to pop up from what seems like out of nowhere. |
|GATTACA Framing in the News, Biopolitical TimesJune 18th, 2009While the media hype machine has overwhelmingly pushed the “science can only benefit society” narrative, we also have to be critical of premature hints at doomsday scenarios. However subtle and sporadic, they can be just as troublesome. |
|In the News this Week, Biopolitical TimesJune 12th, 2009A roundup of recent developments which have not been covered in our blog|
|Suze Orman Approves Dog Cloning. Reluctantly., Biopolitical TimesJune 2nd, 2009Orman’s niche is to use plain-spoken common sense to berate people into saving money, investing conservatively, and living within their means. Which is why she had such a hard time with a call-in viewer who wanted to spend $100,000 on cloning his dog. |
|Modified Marmoset in the Media, Biopolitical TimesMay 29th, 2009American media coverage of genetically modified primates was remarkably thin, and few articles mentioned social and ethical implications|
|"A conspiracy of hype", Biopolitical TimesMay 28th, 2009Bioethicist Alta Charo says that "there’s almost been a conspiracy of hype" in stem cell research.|
|"What color is the baby?" Green?, Biopolitical TimesMay 13th, 2009Race has a remarkable impact on media coverage of accidental switches of gametes or embryos in fertility clinics.|
|National Geographic’s Mammoth Cloning Fantasy, Biopolitical TimesApril 30th, 2009National Geographic promotes the idea of "resurrecting" the extinct woolly mammoth via cloning without discussing the technical or ethical issues involved. |
|Octomom® Inc., Biopolitical TimesApril 26th, 2009Assisted reproduction is big business – about $3 billion a year. But doctors are not the only ones cashing in.|
|Moving in the Wrong Direction, Biopolitical TimesApril 22nd, 2009In recent weeks, both Nevada and Colorado are pursuing state laws that would place arrestees’ DNA in forensic databases, right next to profiles from convicted felons. |
|Gene of the Week: Investing, Biopolitical TimesApril 7th, 2009A personal finance columnist at the Wall Street Journal asks, "Is Your Investing Personality in Your DNA?"|
|In the News this Week, Biopolitical TimesApril 3rd, 2009DNA forensic phenotyping, single embryo transfer, egg donation and fertility, medical gene transfer retraction, and Hiltzik on CIRM.|
|Gene of the Week: Virginity, Biopolitical TimesApril 3rd, 2009A researcher has discovered a relationship between a particular gene and the age of one's first sexual encounter.|
|60 Minutes on Eyewitness Testimony and DNA Forensics, Biopolitical TimesMarch 31st, 2009Gut wrenching stories such as the one profiled by 60 Minutes may unduly “gold-standardize” DNA forensics and encourage a CSI culture that doesn’t think as critically as it should about these technologies’ potential abuses.|
|The Onion: Nothing to fear from giant crabs, Biopolitical TimesMarch 23rd, 2009The Onion, which bills itself as the "World's Finest News Source," has a hilarious video "news" segment on giant, genetically engineered crabs|
|Antinori Clones a Claim, Biopolitical TimesMarch 4th, 2009The controversial Italian fertility specialist Severino Antinori has said he cloned humans nine years ago, contradicting while roughly copying his own previous claims.|
|The Neanderthal campaign, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2009Controversy about the idea of using genetic and cloning techniques in an effort to re-create Neanderthals.|
|There's no success like failure ..., Biopolitical TimesFebruary 6th, 2009Another attempt to clone an extinct species has failed, but been widely hailed as a success. Many more have been and are being considered.|
|Always falling behind, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 23rd, 2009A new report concludes that the US is still the world leader in stem cell research. Although likely true, the report should be viewed skeptically.|
|The Top Stories of 2008, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 6th, 2009The Center's bloggers compiled the top ten news stories in reproductive and genetic technologies for 2008.|
|And the Band Played On, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 3rd, 2009In this time of economic recession, many companies selling luxury goods are having a hard time making the case to consumers that their services are still worthy of premium prices. The pet cloning company BioArts has tried to maintain interest in its service – which can run tens of thousands of dollars per cloned animal – through working the media.
|St. Petersburg Times Covers Clinical Trial Outsourcing to India, Biopolitical TimesDecember 31st, 2008When we think of Pulitzer prize winning newspaper series, we often think of the New York Times or The Washington Post. But a new special report in the St. Petersburg Times on clinical trials in the developing world should give the big boys a run for their money next year.|
|Nature Makes News, Biopolitical TimesDecember 11th, 2008Nature has published a Commentary that advocates the use of "cognitive-enhancing drugs."|
|This Week in the News, Biopolitical TimesDecember 1st, 2008A weekly roundup of news stories that have not been covered at Biopolitical Times.|
|Last Second Shot, Biopolitical TimesNovember 17th, 2008ESPN recently ran a web feature story and televised segment (see below) on NBA All- Star forward Carlos Boozer and his son’s struggle with sickle cell anemia.|
|Leftover embryo quandaries, Biopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2008Donating unused embryos, and minimizing conflicts of interest between fertility doctors and stem cell researchers.
|The spitterati and trickle-down genomics, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 17th, 200823andMe's use of celebrities and glitzy parties to promote its direct-to-consumer DNA tests has deflected attention from the concerns and criticisms of physicians, bioethicists, and regulators.
|In the News This Week, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 12th, 2008A brief roundup of news stories during the past week.|
|How turn a gene for this into one for thatAnd try to make money in the process, Biopolitical TimesAugust 22nd, 2008A small firm is not only offering the "ruthlessness gene" test, but has created a target market: offering what it portrays as "the first genetic screen for marital success."|
|Cloning Canine Patriotism?, Biopolitical TimesJuly 11th, 2008Hwang Woo Suk's dog cloning company is running online auctions and a "Golden Clone Giveaway" essay contest. Fortunately, the media are mostly ignoring the hype.|
|Henry Louis Gates Jr. Interviews James Watson, Biopolitical TimesJune 9th, 2008Race scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., who has filmed two documentaries on race, genetics, and ancestry while also founding a DNA ancestry company, was troubled by Watson’s seemingly pernicious use of race and genetics....This led Gates to interview Watson to, in a sense, determine whether he’s a bigot.|
|In the News this Week, Biopolitical TimesMay 23rd, 2008News highlights in human genetic and reproductive technology.|
|In the News this Week, Biopolitical TimesMay 9th, 2008A new federal stem cell bill; misuse of genetics in prosecutions; and stem cell questions in New Jersey.|
|Contrasting Coverage of CIRM, Biopolitical TimesMay 7th, 2008The state's two largest newspapers each had a preview of today's CIRM meeting, yet they were quite different from one another.|
|Washington Post on DNA Forensics, Biopolitical TimesApril 22nd, 2008The Washington Post takes a serious look at the social and legal implications of DNA forensics.|
|In the News this Week, Biopolitical TimesApril 18th, 2008A summary of a handful of news articles from the past week.|
|Inaccuracy and Histrionics in Louisiana , Biopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2008In a too-common occurrence, the media are inaccurately portraying a stem cell bill, and research advocates are exaggerating its potential impact. |
|This Week in the News, Biopolitical TimesApril 11th, 2008A summary of a few articles in the news this week.|
|Two Takes on iPS cells in Nature, Biopolitical TimesApril 10th, 2008Two articles – one in Nature and one in an offshoot journal - indicate the spectrum of response to the potential of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.|
|Gene of the Week: the Ruthless Dictator Gene, Biopolitical TimesApril 9th, 2008A recent Nature article touting the discovery of the "ruthless dictator" gene goes a step beyond the excessive simplification of much reporting of genetic associations.|
|Burying the Lead, Biopolitical TimesApril 7th, 2008While the American media have frequently reported on sex selection and shifting sex ratios abroad, this seems to be the first empirical evidence that the practice and its consequences do not simply happen “over there.” |
|More on Personal Genomics, Biopolitical TimesMarch 26th, 2008Comments on consumer-oriented genetic tests, from the ridiculous to the very sober.|
|Gene of the Week: Happiness, Biopolitical TimesMarch 13th, 2008Under the headline "Happiness all in the genes: study" was an all-too-typical article on a widely-reported recent genetic association.|
|Who’s Biting Who?: Headlines on white surrogate for Asian couple, Biopolitical TimesMarch 10th, 2008Probably the oldest cliché in journalism is that the everyday ‘dog bites man story’ is not nearly as newsworthy as when the proverbial man who turns the tables and bites the dog. But when it comes to reproductive technologies, race is increasingly becoming the dividing line between journalists’ view of the ordinary and the extraordinary.|
|Looking for Donor Dads, Biopolitical TimesFebruary 18th, 2008The Oprah Winfrey Show features kids of sperm donors looking for their biological dads.|
|Geneticizing Disease [PDF]Implications for Racial Health Disparities
January 15th, 2008This joint report by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Genetics and Society examines the mainstream media's focus on genetic links to disease and health disparities and recent attempts to racialize those genetic links. Detailed in the report are the implications of this trend and a refocusing of the discussion on racial health disparities on the social determinants that impact disparities in the United States. |
|When You Play With Dirt, You Get Dirty , Biopolitical TimesDecember 13th, 2007Slate’s Will Saletan has backed himself into a corner by coming to the defense of James Watson – the eccentric DNA pioneer who found himself pontificating on how Blacks’ separate evolutionary patterns conferred certain genes that depress their intellects. |