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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June 27 update: The Assembly Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the bill on June 26th, and it will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

May 31 update: The California Senate passed SB1190 unanimously and it will move on to the Assembly. More news to come.

April 17 update: SB 1190 was unanimously approved by a California Senate committee, and will next be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Check back for more news.

April 10 update: See a ...

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Illustration of a map of U.S.-Mexico border along the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

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Photograph of the Mexican-U.S. border at Nopales showing fence and cities on either side.

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West front of the United States Capitol, with the Senate chamber on the left, and the House on the right.

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An artist's rendering of a futuristic-looking human figure made up of nitrogenous bases A, T, C, and G.

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Close up photograph of a white "delete" key from an Apple computer.

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