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September 26, 2007



The New CGS WebsiteGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 26th, 2007We're very proud to announce that our new website is up and running. We've designed it to help you stay up to date on the latest developments in human biotechnologies, and as a comprehensive resource on their social and policy implications. Please let us know what you think.
Google Wants to Track Your Medical History Ė And Your Genomeby Jesse ReynoldsAlterNetSeptember 26th, 2007In a recent review of 23 internet companies by a consumer watchdog group, Privacy International, Google was the only one to receive the lowest grade, reserved for those with "comprehensive consumer surveillance and entrenched hostility to privacy." With that low mark in mind, you might find the idea of Google's having its virtual hands on your medical history a bit disturbing.
Medical ExploitationInmates Must Not Become Guinea Pigs Againby Allen M. Hornblum and Osagie K. ObasogiePhiladelphia InquirerSeptember 26th, 2007Any day now the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services may decide to turn back the clock to a time when doctors went unchallenged, medical investigators could do no wrong, and vulnerable people were grist for the research mill. Last summer, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a controversial report recommending the return of federally funded medical research to our nation's prisons. Propelled by historical amnesia and corporate greed, a resurgence of such research may do much harm.
Special Focus: Lessons of the Recent Gene Therapy DeathGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 26th, 2007Ongoing commentary on the recent death of a subject in a clinical trial for medical gene transfer. Includes two op-eds, a press release, and the consent form used in the experiment.
The Rebirth of a Nation?by Osagie K. ObasogieColorlines (Sept / Oct 2007)September 26th, 2007300 is arguably the most racially charged movie since D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation. Closer inspection reveals a subtler, yet similarly troubling idea that has gone largely unnoticed: 300's unapologetic glorification of eugenics.
The Latest from Biopolitical TimesGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 26th, 2007Everybody into the Pool, The Empire Strikes Back, Women's Mags Do Surrogacy, and more
CGS NewsGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 26th, 2007Jamie D. Brooks at WE ACT and Black Women for Wellness, Richard Hayes at Friends of the Earth International, Gillian Madill joins Friends of the Earth USA, and more.
Other NewsGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 26th, 2007Stem Cell Pioneer to Lead State's Institute, Ad Campaign Fuels Debate On Breast-Cancer Gene Test, Low-Cost Personal DNA Readings Are on the Way, and more.

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