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Technologies

During this time of social distancing, many people are off work, working from home, or skipping events and obligations that...

World wrapped with GACT pattern

The announcement by the Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui in November 2018 that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies...

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Pupils' genetic data do not predict their educational outcomes with sufficient accuracy and shouldn't be used to design a genetically...

The debates around heritable human genome editing continue, with position statements and recommendations being issued without yet forming a deep...

Policies

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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

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One of the world’s leading universities — University College London (UCL) — has completed an inquiry into its support for...

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The year was 1984. I was finishing my medical genetics training at Yale, working on the molecular genetics of disorders...

Vial of DNA labeled DNA Test

“Have you found an article of clothing with a suspicious stain?” asks the website of one Florida-based company called All...

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In 1974, a Los Angeles Times staff writer interviewed Dr. Donald Adler, a Beverly Hills gynecologist who ran a sperm...

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...