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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Advocates of science are in a bad place right now. Some days, in this Second Year of Trump, scientism—a blanket defense of science as a virtuous and almost holy exercise of objectivity and rationality—feels like the only natural response to...

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Has there ever been such an elaborate rollout for the results of a DNA test?

On Monday morning, Elizabeth Warren—Massachusetts senator, likely presidential candidate—unveiled a web page with five videos featuring interviews of family, friends, students, former colleagues, and the...

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It’s never a good time for another bout of genetic determinism, but it’s hard to imagine a worse one than...

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Before you give the police a DNA sample, read an alarming new study of crime laboratories published this summer, the...

Elizabeth Warren speaking at podium

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Elizabeth Warren speaking at a podium

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Four rows of all of the human chromosomes, labeled by number

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Gloved hands putting pipet into test tubes

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Blue double strand DNA on white background

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Woman in lab coat looking at test tubes

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Cover of Beyond Bioethics: Helical DNA on yellow background

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