|CGS - 2007 in Review - GENETIC CROSSROADS (27/12/2007)|
GENETIC CROSSROADS - FROM THE CENTER FOR GENETICS AND SOCIETY 2007 in Review: *Reprogramming the Stem Cell Debate*
GENETIC CROSSROADS - FROM THE CENTER FOR GENETICS AND SOCIETY
2007 in Review:
*Reprogramming the Stem Cell Debate*Last month's dramatic news that ordinary cells can be 'reprogrammed' to act like embryonic stem cells has already shifted the science of stem cell research. Logically, it should also shake up stem cell politics.
*Googling Your Genes*
2007 witnessed a sharp spike in the availability and marketing of direct-to-consumer genetic products - and in controversy about it.
*Scientific Racism Redux*
Scientific racism - the idea that racial disparities in social outcomes can be explained by biological or genetic traits - made a striking comeback this past year.
*Controversy Escalates at California Stem Cell Program* Despite a major court victory in May, the California stem cell research program spent much of 2007 dealing with stumbles and scandals.
*The Baby Business Makes News*
The commerce of reproductive technology took some disturbing new twists this year.
*Eugenics: Remembered. Re-imagined. Revived?* This year marked notable anniversaries in eugenics, which also made an appearance in U.S. popular culture. And then there was James Watson.