Monthly Archives: April 2009

Biotech Ethics Book Recommendations

Here are a handful of books I’ve read & found useful. It’s not an exhaustive list. Just a few off the top of my head. Food Biotechnology in Ethical Perspective, by Paul B. Thompson (I wish I’d written this book. … Continue reading

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Synthetic Meat

One of the weirder food biotechnologies to make headlines in the last few years is ‘synthetic’ or ‘in vitro’ meat. Just as human skin cells are currently grown in laboratories in order to make skin grafts to treat burn victims, … Continue reading

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Cloned Pets: Buyer Beware

Everyone who knows anything about genetics know that clones are not copies. They’re genetic copies (and even then not perfect copies, since for example, the cloning process does not copy mitochondrial DNA). A lot of different aspects of our environment … Continue reading

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Old Laws & New Technologies: Suing Sperm Bank for Genetic Disease

Old laws don’t always fit new technologies well. Intellectual property laws, for example, have been an awkward fit with modern discoveries in genetics (hence the debate over patenting genes). Similarly, privacy laws may run aground with regard to genetic testing: … Continue reading

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23andMe’s “Mommy Bloggers”

From the Genetic Future blog: 23andMe targeting pregnant women using “mommy bloggers” Personal genomics company 23andMe has just launched an online community of “mommy bloggers” – a move I can only describe as sheer marketing genius. I’ll give you a … Continue reading

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Recession & Eggs & Sperm Donors

From the Boston Globe: Recession spurs egg and sperm donations Charitable donations may be down because of the recession, but another type of donation is up for the very same reason: egg and sperm. More women are trying to make … Continue reading

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Are GM Crops Failing in Africa?

(Not exactly from a neutral news source. But still…interesting.) From the Natural News blog: South African GMO Crop Failure Highlights Dangers of Food Supply Domination Farmers in South Africa have suffered millions of dollars in lost income due to the … Continue reading

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