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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Following a Biopolitical Times tradition, we present some of our favorite blog posts of the past year, this time in chronological order. For anyone foolish enough to keep score, September won, with three entries.

As always, the list is incomplete: It could have included humor about hype and, related but different, artificial intelligence; and also some serious discussion of stem-cell scams and rogue science; analysis of the role of intentions in evaluating research; and misrepresentations of surrogacy provoked...

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What might have been the story of the year turned out to be a disappointment. On February 14th, the National Academies delivered a valentine to those who want to commit germline gene editing. Its much anticipated report, Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance concluded that scientists should “proceed with caution.” This was the first time that human germline modification has ever been given a green light by a comparable body – the U.S. National Academies is an influential non-governmental...

David Jensen, who writes the essential California Stem Cell Report blog, published a detailed front-page article in the Sacramento Bee on September 2 with the eye-catching headline:

Stem cell company paid $443,500 to former head of state agency that funds research

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Should CRISPR gene editing tools be used in human embryos prior to birth to re-engineer genes linked to disease risk? The question is being approached by the Human Gene Editing Initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine

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