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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September 6 update: Unfortunately, SB 1190 will not become law this year. Despite having been unanimously approved by the full California Senate and an Assembly committee, it did not pass through an August 16 meeting of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill had the support of a large coalition of social justice organizations (see a full list on this fact sheet). CGS and our allies are disappointed at this outcome, but look forward to the possibility of advancing a...

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When the DNA results came back, even Lukis Anderson thought he might have committed the murder.

“I drink a lot,” he remembers telling public defender Kelley Kulick as they sat in a plain interview room at the Santa Clara County,...

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Arizona has become the first state in the country to pass a law that would allow frozen embryos to be...

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In 1942, 18-year-old Iris Lopez, a Mexican-American woman, started working at the Calship Yards in Los Angeles. Working on the...

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Book cover for Beyond Bioethics with twisted DNA strand on a yellow background.

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illustration of red blood cells

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A partially completed jigsaw puzzle of light blue dna strands on a dark blue background

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Representation of sperm surrounding an egg on a pink background

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