Bioethics Blogs

Top Biopolitical Times Posts of 2014

In 2014, CGS staffers and contributors posted 107 blogs in Biopolitical Times. These are 12 of our favorites, in chronological order:

Chinese Scientists, “Genius Genes,” and the Future of Genomics
Jessica Cussins

The New Yorker delves into the “biological data mill” that is BGI: the world’s largest, and arguably most controversial, genomics headquarters.

Hit-and-Miss Genetic Testing
Pete Shanks

In at least four experiments, identical DNA has been sent to different direct-to-consumer testing companies. In every case, significant anomalies appeared.

Human Longevity, Inc.
Pete Shanks

Craig Venter’s new genomics company may face some stiff competition.

Nicholas Wade: Genes, Race and Anthropology
Pete Shanks

Is Nicholas Wade shocked and horrified that his new book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, is getting support from racists? Really, what did he expect?

Scientists, Stem Cells and Self-Delusion?
Pete Shanks

A very disquieting meta-analysis casts doubt on recent findings suggesting that bone marrow stem cells can help in treating heart disease.

Orphan Black: The Best Show You’ve Never Seen
Jessica Cussins

A BBC America television series about clones is seriously good.

A Paragraph in Slow Motion: Three-Person IVF in The New York Times
George Estreich

A close look at the rhetoric used to justify experimental technologies, and particularly at the way reasonable objections are dismissed.

Data Yearning to Become Expensive Information
Pete Shanks

Big players have big “big data and genetics” plans afoot. Here’s the news from Genomics England, 23andMe, Google and Craig Venter.

Dear Facebook, Please Don’t Tell Women to Lean In to Egg Freezing
Jessica Cussins

In the latest example of Silicon Valley’s challenges in dealing with non-virtual reality, Facebook and Apple are offering female employees a $20,000 benefit toward elective egg freezing, despite serious and under-studied health risks to women and children.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.