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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It was a strange moment of triumph against racism: The gun-slinging white supremacist Craig Cobb, dressed up for daytime TV in a dark suit and red tie, hearing that his DNA testing revealed his ancestry to be only “86 percent...

Biopolitical Times

Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, whose mission is “to inspire and foster science learning for all,” is currently planning a new exhibit, a “biotech learning lab.” Arresting promotional panels featuring intent preschoolers manipulating beakers include a quote from the president of biotech heavy-hitter Amgen, one of the Hall’s major corporate donors.  It connects the dots between a “Biotech Learning Lab” and “A World of Possibilities”: 

While we must support those who will drive innovation in the future, we also...

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Scientists are trying to manufacture eggs and sperm in the laboratory. Will it end reproduction as we know it?

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Last week, US scientists edited a human embryo for the first time. That’s just the beginning.

The first step is...

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A laboratory scientist's right arm is shown, using a multi-channel pipette.

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A strand of DNA is featured. The upper right corner is highlighted.

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