DNA testing companies are luring customers to hand over their biological ID for health and ancestry guesstimates, but the real business is collecting data on millions of people and selling access to that data. And sometimes, customers' DNA can end up in the hands of law enforcement.
With debate over the new field of eugenics in 1917, surgeon Harry Haiselden decided to make a movie illustrating his opposition to medical intervention to save the lives of babies born with disabilities. That film was entitled "The Black Stork."
In 1915, Dr. Harry Haiselden decided not to operate to save the life of a baby born with disabilities. His controversial choice sparked a massive public debate over the responsibilities of medical doctors, the rights of individuals with disabilities, and the new and dangerous field of eugenics.
Eight insiders provide predictions about the next ten years in genetics and genomics, and not one wavers: “All are optimistic and predict enormous positive impact.” Should the rest of us be so optimistic?
The recognition of this history is timely because advances in genetic and reproductive technologies will put increasingly more people in the position of having to wrestle with questions about the kind of child they want – and don’t want – to bring into the world.
A new science fiction film that is described as “a sort of prequel to Gattaca” highlights the rise and fall of a genetic startup that analyzes people’s genomes to assess their ability to produce disease-free children.
The new film Transcendence won’t win you over with its dialogue or love scenes, but it’s a great springboard for pondering what quickly approaching developments in artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and regenerative medicine may actually mean for society.
A new JAMA report has found that whole genome sequencing has large hurdles to overcome before it can be integrated into clinical care, but there’s another point to consider: Should it be there in the first place?
Chinese scientists announced the birth of the first primates created with a precision gene modification technique, raising both hopes about new insights into human diseases and concerns about new attempts at human inheritable genetic engineering.
Recent publicity in the UK, and lawsuits and legislative hearings in the US, are a reminder that right-wing activists make cynical use of the sex selection issue to restrict women's reproductive rights.
North Carolina will be the first US state to offer compensation to victims of state-sponsored forced sterilization programs. The decision marks a milestone in the long struggle for recognition of this tragic history, but what about the questionable sterilizations still taking place today?
The Center for Investigative Reporting has published a detailed exposé of unauthorized sterilizations of unwilling women in California jails from 2006 to 2010, and probably before, bringing the issue to overdue national attention.