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 recent weeks, at least four publications (1, 2, 3, 4) have urged a change to the “14-day rule” that represents a widely accepted limit on in vitro research involving the cultivation of human embryos. Some call for changing the limit to 28 days, another suggests “increments of 2 or 3 days,” up to at least 18 days. The Hastings Center recently issued a Report on Rethinking Human Embryo Research Policies, which focuses...

Biopolitical Times

We were shocked — shocked — to learn that 23andMe is cashing in on its customers’ spit. $3.5 billion, the company is worth, they say, now that it’s going public. That is an awful lot of $99 gene tests! Except that the business model is not, and never has been, about cash flow from individual customers. No, the big money is in leasing out genetic data to pharmaceutical companies and other researchers.

Forgive us, just this once: We told...

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The Australian government is currently considering legalizing “mitochondrial donation,” also known as “3-person IVF.” Australian law currently prohibits creating embryos using DNA from more than two people. The prohibition is found in the...

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