Top Biopolitical Times blog posts of 2010
Posted by Jillian Theil on December 22nd, 2010
Once again, the bloggers at Biopolitical Times and other CGS staff were polled for our favorite posts of the closing year. In alphabetical order:
- Egg Raffles and Shadow Markets: The Fertility Industry Goes Global - and Skirts Laws
The baby business has become a transnational enterprise. As in other aspects of global commerce, the lowest level of labor and consumer protection tends to prevail.
- Gopher Kids or Guinea Pigs?
University of Minnesota researchers attempting to investigate the genetic features of “normal and healthy” kids plan to solicit DNA samples from child-parent volunteer pairs at this month’s state fair.
- No Laughing Matter: The Risks that Human Research Subjects Face
Joking about putting human research subjects into harm’s way isn’t funny.
- One of the Leading Scientists in the World?
Robert Lanza, the Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology, projects great self-confidence, but is it justified?
- Politics Belong in Science
Reflecting on Venter's recent announcement and Obama's call to study Synthetic Biology, Time's Nancy Gibbs clarifies that political engagement with science is essential.
- Race, Genetics, and Law School Emails
The blogosphere was recently set ablaze by a leaked email from a third year Harvard Law student who, after a dinner with friends, wrote to clarify his/her position on race, genetics, and intelligence.
- The Corrupting Influence of the Business of Biotech
Many scientists seem oblivious of the potential that industry funding offers for conflicts of interest.
- The "Medical" Justification for Re-creating Neanderthals
"Should We Clone Neanderthals?" asks an article in Archaeology magazine.
- Transhumanist Fantasylands – Way Out There on the Political Horizon
“And you thought the guys who had their heads sawed off and frozen in a cryogenic chamber were hardcore.”
- Whither Personal Genomics?
Three companies offer contrasting examples of where the fledgling industry goes from here.
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