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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Swab, sequence, repeat.This is how DNA forensics has been popularized on television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In each episode, a skilled team of forensic investigators solves criminal cases by scouring crime scenes, collecting DNA, and matching samples they find with those available in their extensive databases...
Biopolitical Times
John Zhang has finally been called to account. Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Zhang a warning letter demanding he cease and desist both the conduct and the marketing of an experimental genetic modification technique known as 3-person in vitro...
Swab, sequence, repeat.This is how DNA forensics has been popularized on television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In each episode, a skilled team of forensic investigators solves criminal cases by scouring crime scenes, collecting DNA, and matching samples they find with those available in their extensive databases...

Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, by Ben Mezrich; 256 pp. plus Epilogue by George Church, Afterword by Stewart Brand, and endmatter. Atria Books, 2017

The style of Woolly...

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Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby, holds her son.
Image of a display from UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science's Biotech Learning Lab featuring two children using a pipette and a beaker.
Book cover of "Babies of Technology" featuring quadruplets wearing overalls and red striped shirt looking over the edge of a crib.