Arts & Culture

Art and culture can have a profound influence in shaping public opinion and policy decisions about biotechnologies. From Aldous Huxley’s classic 1932 novel Brave New World to films like GATTACA and TV shows like Orphan Black, popular culture profoundly influences how we understand the potential impacts of emerging biotechnologies. Scholars have even created terms like the “CSI effect,” which refers to how crime show story lines make the public overly confident about the accuracy of DNA as a forensic tool. In general, works of art and pop culture can provide important insights into the risk that unreflectively embracing new technologies can exacerbate existing inequalities.


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Being Human in a Biotech Age, a film series at UC Berkeley organized by the Center for Genetics and Society in partnership with several campus-based groups, returned for a second year during the spring 2017 semester. Each of the three recently released films we featured -- Advantageous, The State of Eugenics, and FUTURE BABY -- confronts social and economic impacts of new and emerging human biotechnologies, exposing their influence on ideas around gender, race, ability, and socio-economic...

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Dr. John Zhang, a well-known specialist in reproductive medicine who runs the New Hope Fertility Center out of a vast and science-fiction-looking office on Columbus Circle, believes he has played a singular role in the fiscal health of New York...

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The Oprah-led HBO film is a moving portrayal of a black family’s struggle for justice. But is being seen enough?

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It’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a primetime drama: a child-seeking couple visits a fertility clinic to try...

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