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Technologies

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I’m a doctor. I strive to fix things that are broken. Hearts, mostly. But my daughter Ruthie has forever changed...

an elderly woman's hands

Do I know I’m at risk for developing dementia? You bet.

My father died of Alzheimer’s disease at age 72;...

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In the early 2000s, genome editing seemed like the answer to parents who carried latent genes that could result in...

human eggs

The fertility expert, Lord Robert Winston, appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to discuss the campaign to relax the...

Policies

NYBD police car door

Two years ago, detectives offered a 12-year-old boy they had arrested a McDonald’s soda during questioning. When the boy left,...

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A state senator in California is introducing legislation designed to provide more oversight over direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies.

The new...

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....

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

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....

biology classroom with a microscope and synthetic human brain and heart

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