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Technologies

DNA testing

Yuliana Ramírez learned she was pregnant in December 2016, about a month after splitting up from her boyfriend, Luis Diego...

Mosquito

After over 78 environmental and agricultural organisations signed a letter this week calling for a moratorium on gene drive technology,...

Freezing

When Teresa Xu stood in a Beijing courtroom last December to demand equal access to reproductive rights, she knew she...

Forensic DNA

As washing machines go, the one that contributed to Roy Verret’s capital murder charge was pretty average. White, Whirlpool, reliable....

Policies

Silhouette of hand placing ballot in box

Directors of the financially strapped, California stem cell agency this morning endorsed a $5.5 billion bond measure to refinance the...

Twenty years ago today – on June 26, 2000 – President Clinton formally announced, with great ceremony, what he...

The Mighty Mosquito

While the attention of the American public has rightfully been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, its associated racial disparities, and...

Artist's impression of a gene being edited

A team of scientists has used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to create genetically modified human embryos in a London lab,...

Society

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, from whom the “immortal” HeLa cell line was derived in 1951, without permission or compensation

Ethical concerns abound...

A transhuman rises

Transhumanists are no strangers to controversy. How could they be when Jeffrey Epstein numbered himself among their longstanding adherents and...

A Black mother and babies

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the
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Watchtower at a jail

A new documentary film is shedding light on forced sterilizations in California, reviving a dark chapter in the state’s history...

Perspectives

An African-American man

Ethel Freeman became famous in death, even though no one knew her name. For months, she was one of the...

eggs under a microscope

In the summer of 2017, Julie Johnson saw a Facebook ad about egg donation. Somebody out there — an older...

DNA gel test

Stephen Wald took a home DNA test in 2018, hoping to explore his family ancestry with his two young children....

Following a Biopolitical Times tradition, we present some of our favorite blog posts of the past year, in chronological order....