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Technologies

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Researchers have conducted a controversial study that involved paying dozens of young women at a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico,...

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In November 2018, a Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, caused an international uproar by announcing the birth of two babies whose...

On December 30, China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported that three scientists had been found guilty of “the crime...

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This week, the United States government will begin collecting DNA samples from thousands of people detained by immigration officials, including...

Policies

2019 was a year of challenging conversations, disturbing developments, and glimmers of hope for bioethicists, advocates, scientists, and concerned citizens who monitor...

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

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California’s stem cell program, created by voters in 2004, has made great strides in advancing what’s known as regenerative medicine...

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Abstract

Gene-edited babies who might be born in the future should be monitored over the course of their life. These...

Society

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

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“Genetics just got personal.” So boasted the website of 23andMe in 2008, just after launching its DNA testing service.

As...

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Abstract

Gene-edited babies who might be born in the future should be monitored over the course of their life. These...

Strands of DNA cut in two places

Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first...

Perspectives

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

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Biology textbooks used in American high schools do not go near the sensitive question of whether genetics can explain why...

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Thanks to the emergence of affordable home DNA testing, we are now constantly learning surprising news relating to family connections...

Five years ago today, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed into law anti-eugenic legislation prohibiting sterilization in state prisons. This bill, sponsored...