Media Coverage

Magazine covers, front-page newspaper articles, social media are often the first point of contact for the public on emerging human biotechnologies. Consequently, it’s important to address how media coverage shapes public perceptions of the latest scientific innovations. While many articles celebrate new techniques as “breakthroughs” or “medical miracles,” they may not address whether the results are preliminary or have been subjected to peer review, what risks they entail, or what their social or policy consequences might be. Journalists have a responsibility to be both skeptical and accurate, so the public can take part in a well-informed debate.


Aggregated News

Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August.

But the total costs of...

Aggregated News

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced last week that it is launching a new study of certain types of DNA analysis used in criminal prosecutions.

These methods, “if misapplied, could lead to innocent people being wrongly convicted,” according...

Biopolitical Times

Months after pop-culture superstar Kim Kardashian mentioned her interest in exploring surrogacy during the last season of Keeping Up with...

Aggregated News

Is President Donald Trump a fan of eugenics? He seems to believe that he comes from greatly superior genetic stock....

A pipette is inserted into one test tube, among several, standing upright in a test tube rack.

Aggregated News

Marcy Darnovsky speaks among  panel at CRISPRcon

Op-Ed

Illustration of an 8-cell stage embryo

Op-Ed