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 late April, news broke that police used a public genealogy database to identify a suspect in the “Golden State Killer” case. Police accessed a website where individuals share their genetic test results in hopes of finding family members, but used a pseudonym to upload data from a rape kit. Extensive news coverage of the investigation raised questions about privacy and the ethics of using consumers’ own shared data (rather than police databases) for law enforcement purposes.

 

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Biopolitical Times

It’s time again for the one sporting event that has literally stopped wars. Beginning on June 14, the World Cup will consume roughly half the world’s population for an entire month. For fans of the game, it will be like waking up on Christmas morning every day. And if you’re in one of the 32 countries whose national team is lucky enough to participate out of the 208 countries who strive to be there, the World Cup is an obsession...

The explosion of reality television has dramatically altered how we think about celebrities, everyday life, and the boundary between the personal and the public. Anyone who enters a reality star’s orbit must contend with the possibility of their interactions being...

The stories of women in India who sell their eggs rarely make news. Typically, neither the sellers in these transactions – who are hoping that the money they make will improve the lives of their families – nor the buyers...