Biopolitics

Biopolitics refers to public understandings, public policies, and public-interest advocacy about the social meanings and consequences of human biotechnologies. Biopolitics in the 21st century has come to reflect the rapid acceleration of technological developments since the birth of the modern biotechnology industry in the 1970s, the increasingly blurred boundary between academic and commercial biology, and growing recognition of the need for public and political engagement, especially with profoundly consequential prospects including human gene editing for reproduction. In some countries, notably the U.S., biopolitical views are not always aligned with political positioning on other issues. Public interest advocates working in a biopolitical framework emphasize the importance of social justice to evaluations of technological innovations.


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The anarchist grew animated as he explained his plan to subvert a pillar of global capitalism by teaching the poor to make their own medicines — pharmaceutical industry patents be damned.

Then he took another sip from a flute of...

Biopolitical Times

California has enacted a law that begins to provide a framework for regulating the dozens of state stem cell clinics currently peddling treatments whose safety and effectiveness are dubious at best. The law, which sailed through Sacramento unopposed, goes into effect on January 1, 2018, and requires clinics to notify patients in writing if the treatments they offer have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It’s a start, but it’s only one small step in the...

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At MIT and Brandeis University this week, newly minted Nobel Prize winners stressed the key role that federal funding played...