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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Writing in the pages of The New York Times, Harvard Business School professor Debora Spar argues that a coming technological breakthrough – in vitro gametogenesis, or gametes manufactured from ordinary body cells – will herald a “revolution” that will “dismantle completely the reproductive structure of heterosexuality.”
Biopolitical Times
Here’s a provocative headline and subhead from OneZero, a publication by Medium, above an article by Emily Mullin published on August 17: Men Are Twice as Likely to Support Genetically Engineered Babies Than Women The public may be ready for gene-edited babies. This is clearly an attention-grabber...
Last week, private equity mega-firm the Blackstone Group announced a deal to acquire Ancestry, the genealogy and direct-to-consumer DNA testing company, for $4.7 billion. Major news outlets covered the deal as a business story, providing little information or context...
It is a commonplace in the post-modern world that data is “the new oil,” the road to power and wealth. The analogy isn't perfect, but there’s a great deal of truth in it. Enormous and potentially dangerous real-world consequences flow freely from Big Data, for a wide swath of individuals and communities...