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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In the months since He Jiankui first announced the birth of gene-edited twins, there’s been a steady stream of revelations and reactions from scientists, bioethicists, and others. We’ve learned quite a bit more about He’s actions, who he worked with, and who knew—but said nothing about—what he was up to. There’s one area where we still know next to nothing: how twin girls Lulu and Nana are faring.

In February, Chinese authorities released results of their preliminary investigation into He’s...

Biopolitical Times

A perk of being a scholar focused on reproductive technology is that I can justify watching terrible movies as research. That was the excuse that I used when I watched the film Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson as Davis Okoye, a primatologist and former soldier in the U.S. Special Forces.

Rampage is a monster movie about genetically mutated animals who wreak havoc on Chicago. Only the herculean efforts of Okoye and the mutated albino gorilla, George, can save the city and...

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies used to focus on ailments and ancestry, and were marketed directly to the people tested. But once you’ve been told what gruesome disease you have a one in six chance of developing, and where your great-grandparents...

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has now spent almost all of the $3 billion of public funds (which entailed a further $3 billion in interest) allotted to it by a 2004 ballot initiative. The CIRM board seems to...