Biopolitical Times

The Center for Genetics and Society blog highlights the latest developments in the social, political, and ethical implications of human biotechnologies, with contributions from staff, fellows, consultants, and guest authors.

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DNA editing

A few months ago, under the title “Heritable Human Genome Editing: Who Decides Who Decides?” we analyzed the authors, reviewers, and organizers of six important recent projects, including the first two international summits on human genome editing. Our conclusion: The discussions fell far short of involving an adequate diversity of perspectives. It was clearly time for new thinking.

Now the planning committee for the Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing, which will be held in London on...

Biopolitical Times
The United States does not regulate surrogacy at a federal level, leaving each state to determine its own policies. The situations range from states with no laws that address surrogacy to those that prohibit it completely: some states have detailed legislation that addresses numerous aspects of surrogacy contracts...

The watchdog group Public Citizen published a report on October 19 titled Pfizer’s Power. It is a devastating indictment of “the power one pharmaceutical corporation has gained to silence governments, throttle supply, shift risk and maximize profits in the...

Screenshot from Genomic Prediction presentation

The first child acknowledged to have been selected as an embryo on the basis of its “polygenic risk score” is now 16 months old. Her parents, at least one of whom is apparently a committed...