Biotech & Pharma

Biotech and Pharma refer to the commercial sectors that develop, manufacture, and market products based in the biological and chemical sciences. Multinational pharmaceutical companies have invested heavily in biotech as a potential source of new products. While some biotech products and activities are socially and ethically controversial, the biotech industry often opposes public oversight and regulation. Given its impact on public debate and public policy, especially as it blurs the lines between private enterprise and public interest, biotech’s interests must be transparent.


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An April 25th article in the Golden Gate Xpress about donating eggs raises important issues for young women considering this option. It reminds us, too, of an email sent to an SFSU faculty member in September 2017 asking that she...

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Since the launch of its DNA testing service in 2007, genomics giant 23andMe has convinced more than 5 million people to fill a plastic tube with half a teaspoon of saliva. In return for all that spit (and some cash...

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When you send your saliva to 23andme, you can get all kinds of genetic information — but now that it's...

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U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly...

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Four eggs in a shallow wicker basket

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A bronze plaque describes the history of Shockley semiconductor lab

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Illustration of a DNA strand inside a syringe

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Image of a scientist in a dark lab room cutting agarose gel used in electrophoresis.

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Image of an individual wearing a blue button down shirt signing papers on a dark brown table.

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An individual's hand is held to a scanning machine for fingerprinting.

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Image of an aisle in a storage hacility with binders/boxes of numbered material.

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