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Emily Stehr

Emily Stehr is a recent graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Before law school, Emily graduated from Princeton University with degrees in Neuroscience and Intellectual & Cultural History and went on to work as a translator and communications officer with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After working with the IRC's health and gender-based violence prevention teams for a year, Emily became interested in studying issues of social justice in healthcare. She began her research in the field of Bioethics under Professor Obasogie's guidance and continued as a staff associate at the Center for Genetics and Society during the summer of 2011. She has returned to help substantively edit and negotiate copyright permissions for Marcy Darnovsky and Osagie Obasogie's academic anthology Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics to be published by UC Press in spring 2014.

Email: estehr[AT]geneticsandsociety[DOT]org


Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: The Dollars are in the Database by Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesDecember 18th, 201223andMe raised $50 million and plans to use it to lower the cost of its spit kit to $99. CEO Anne Wojcicki hopes this will lead to a very valuable database of one million users' genetic information.
New GeneWatch Issue: Whole Genome Sequencing in Medicineby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesNovember 28th, 2012The new issue of GeneWatch explores the debate on how whole genome sequencing will be integrated into clinical care.
Full-Genome Tests for Your Kids? For You? by Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesNovember 13th, 2012A geneticist and a reporter explore the benefits and drawbacks of full-genome sequencing.
European Society of Human Genetics Reprimands Myriad Geneticsby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesNovember 7th, 2012Myriad Genetics claims its research data is a trade secret as it pushes for a stronger presence in the European genetic testing market. Experts' responses reflect the ideological divide in the ongoing challenge to Myriad's BRCA gene patents.
California Genetic Privacy Arguments Go Nationalby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesOctober 18th, 2012Arguments in California court cases and legislative initiatives about genetic privacy arguments have gone national, and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has weighed in.
ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Gene Patentsby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesOctober 3rd, 2012The ACLU has petitioned the Supreme Court for review of a Federal Circuit decision upholding patent eligibility of isolated DNA sequences.
Federal Judges Reconsider Police Collection of DNAby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesSeptember 20th, 2012A federal court of appeals will decide the fate of a California law requiring that police take DNA samples of anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.
California court deems DNA collection from arrestees unconstitutionalby Emily StehrBiopolical TimesAugust 18th, 2011A California appellate court has ruled that a voter-approved measure to collect DNA from arrestees is unconstitutional.
Next Generation Identification - not a DNA database, but just as problematicby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2011Standardizing biometrics by linking databases creates serious practical problems and raises fundamental questions about the kind of society in which we live.
German campaign to stop DNA database expansion, now in English by Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesJuly 7th, 2011Human Q-tips are the symbol of the Gene-ethical Network's campaign to curtail the ever-expanding German DNA database
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