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California has been a pioneer in several aspects of policy on new biotechnologies, most notably with the passage in 2004 of Proposition 71, which established the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and authorized to distribute and oversee $3 billion in public funds to support stem cell research and build research facilities over ten years.

The CIRM has been closely watched by other states and countries. It launched two experiments: the first an experiment in biomedical investigation; the second in its politics and policy. Never before has a state so generously funded an emerging scientific field. And never before has a state been faced with regulating and overseeing a field that combines promising medical research with significant social risks.

Before that, the California Advisory Committee on Human Cloning issued a report that led to a state ban on reproductive cloning. In 2003, a state agency blocked the sale of genetically modified fish as pets. In 2006, the state legislature passed a law providing protections for women who may provide eggs for cloning-based stem cell research.

California needs to do more than apologize to people it sterilizedby The Times editorial boardLos Angeles Times January 21st, 2017State officials should quickly begin tracking down these elderly victims who were abused decades ago while under the state’s care. Time is short to do right by them.
California voters were promised cures. But the state stem cell agency has funded just a trickle of clinical trials[cites CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Charles PillerSTATJanuary 19th, 2017The Institute of Medicine said in a 2013 review that institutionalized conflicts of interest have raised questions about "the integrity and independence of some of CIRM’s decisions."
CGS Board Member Leads Redress Call for California Survivors of Eugenic Sterilization by Marcy DarnovskyJanuary 16th, 2017Scholars estimate that more than 800 people alive today were sterilized in California state institutions, and call on the state to consider compensation and redress.
Lawmakers try to fix a side effect of reducing drug and theft crimes: Not enough DNA samples for cold casesby Jazmine UlloaLos Angeles TimesDecember 22nd, 2016A California bill would expand the state's DNA database, raising serious concerns about privacy and disproportionately targeting blacks and Latinos.
Historians seek reparations for Californians forcibly sterilizedby Ronnie CohenReuters HealthDecember 12th, 2016Alexandra Stern and colleagues investigated over 20,000 documents from the state's eugenics program. Many victims are alive today; California, like other states, should offer them financial compensation.
Amid Lawsuit, San Diego Stem Cell Company Pushes Back On Proposed Regulationsby David WagnerKPBSDecember 5th, 2016Patients currently suing the company say they paid thousands of dollars for treatments that didn't work.
Palo Alto committee debates whether Jordan school should keep its eugenicist namesakeby Jacqueline LeeSan Jose Mercury NewsNovember 17th, 2016David Starr Jordan, Stanford University’s first president, believed the human race could be improved through selective reproduction, including forced sterilization.
San Diego Scientists Help Develop New Twist On In Vitro Fertilizationby David WagnerKPBSNovember 10th, 2016The patent holder for a related "3-person IVF" technique reports new work with "polar body genome transfer." Some experts say none of these approaches have been proven safe.
Colin Kaepernick’s 'I Know My Rights Camp' cements his status as a cultural superhero in the black communityby Shaun KingNew York Daily News October 29th, 2016NFL player Colin Kaepernick distributed DNA ancestry tests at a "Know My Rights" youth camp in Oakland, citing their reconciliation value.
The controversial DNA search that helped nab the 'Grim Sleeper' is winning over skepticsby Marisa GerberLos Angeles TimesOctober 25th, 2016Use of familial DNA to solve crimes is growing in popularity, raising concerns of 4th Amendment unreasonable search and seizure violations.
California stem cell agency approves $30 million to fast-track clinical trialsby David JensenThe Sacramento BeeOctober 19th, 2016Dubbed the new "pitching machine," CIRM's new $30 million effort is designed to accelerate clinical trials of stem cell therapies.
Scandals Waiting to Happen: Institutional Conflicts of Interest at California Stem Cell Agencyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 8th, 2016StemCells Inc., which has received tens of millions of dollars from the state-funded stem cell agency, paid its president a hefty sum when he joined its board a week after resigning his position.
Victory: Eggs-for-Research Bill Dies in California Legislatureby Emily Galpern, Biopolitical Times guest contributorSeptember 8th, 2016A bill that would have expanded the commercial markets for human eggs, putting women’s health at risk, never made it to the Governor’s desk.
Stem Cell Company Paid $443,500 to Former Head of State Agency That Funds Researchby David JensenThe Sacramento BeeSeptember 1st, 2016Conflict-of-interest allegations have dogged the agency since it was created in 2004 by California voters to use state bond proceeds to finance stem cell research.
Public policy must address technology’s impact[citing CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by John M. HeinThe Sacramento BeeAugust 13th, 2016“We need to develop habits of mind, or habits of social interaction, that will allow for some very robust public participation on the use of these powerful technologies,” says Marcy Darnovsky.
Booming demand, state protections attract commercial surrogate birthingby Kathy RobertsonSacramento BeeAugust 5th, 2016California has more surrogacy regulation than most states. But the founder of an agency comments, "Anybody in the whole world – even a felon – can open an agency. There is no licensing, no background check."
The Human Egg Business: More Media Coverage of California Cash-for-Eggs Legislation[citing CGS]by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportAugust 5th, 2016AB 2531, backed by the fertility industry, would remove caps on payments for egg retrieval, thus inducing women to gamble with their health.
Bill to expand market in women’s egg donations would undermine safeguards[citing CGS]by Deborah OrtizSacramento BeeAugust 4th, 2016Let’s not repeal a law that safeguards the health of women. We can support biomedical research without putting women’s health at risk.
NY Times: Fresh and Major Attention to Immunotherapy and Cancerby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJuly 31st, 2016The New York Times unveiled a dramatic special report on gene therapy and immunotherapy to treat cancer.
Influential Scientific Journal Rips Effort to Loosen Stem Cell Research Rulesby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJuly 5th, 2016Proposed treatments have not received FDA approval due to inefficacy and safety concerns.
Center for Genetics and Society Floor Alert in Opposition to California AB 2531The Center for Genetics and Society urges the California Senate to oppose a proposed bill that would expand payments to women to provide their eggs for research.
Updates: The California Legislature and the Market in Human Eggsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJune 30th, 2016The fertility industry-sponsored bill is opposed by a range of women’s health, reproductive justice, and public interest organizations.
Good riddance to a repugnant California cap on family aidby The Times Editorial BoardThe Los Angeles TimesJune 16th, 2016The “maximum family grant” discouraged women on welfare from having more children.
California stem-cell institute’s political gambleby Paul KnoepflerSan Francisco ChronicleJune 16th, 2016Why is the state agency lobbying for a radical departure in how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration vets experimental stem-cell therapies?
California's StemCells, Inc., Flatlines; A Look at the Implicationsby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJune 1st, 2016The company's sudden shutdown surprised and shocked some, but it also demonstrated the level of risk in stem cell research.
Dwarfism, Chemical Limb Lengthening, and Informed Consentby Joseph StramondoInternational Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics BlogApril 25th, 2016A California biotech company is testing a drug designed to "normalize" annual growth but not address health complications of dwarfism.
Stem cell agency okays $150 million ‘powerhouse’by David JensenCapitol WeeklyApril 8th, 2016The agency approved financing terms for a proposed public-private company that it hopes will accelerate the creation of stem cell therapies.
Will California Expand the Market for Women’s Eggs?by Marcy DarnovskyApril 7th, 2016A bill sponsored by the fertility industry seeks yet again to overturn existing policies that allow reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses for women who provide eggs for research, but not inducements of thousands of dollars beyond that.
Center for Genetics and Society Letter in Opposition to California AB 2531March 30th, 2016The Center for Genetics and Society urges the California Assembly Committee on Health to oppose a proposed bill that would expand payments to women to provide their eggs for research.
Chinese Cloning Firm Pumps $15 Million into California Stem Cell Businessby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportFebruary 24th, 2016A financially strapped California stem cell company could be taken over by a Chinese enterprise that says it can clone humans, and is "only holding off for fear of the public reaction."
Is a Surrogate a Mother?[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Michelle GoldbergSlateFebruary 15th, 2016A battle over triplets raises difficult questions about the extent to which contracts can deal with pregnancy, childbirth, and transferring parental rights in a commercial setting.
A Nobel Laureate's 'Unsettling Note' From California's Human Gene Editing Conference[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportFebruary 12th, 2016The Center for Genetics and Society weighs in on the possibility that California's stem cell agency will fund germline gene editing research.
California stem cell agency may fund tests to edit genes in human embryos[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Melody PetersenLos Angeles TimesFebruary 12th, 2016The state's stem cell institute is reviewing its ethics guidelines to determine whether they are strong enough to safely allow studies in which scientists would attempt to edit the genes of embryos.
California’s Stem Cell Agency Considers “Editing” Human Embryosby Marcy Darnovsky Biopolitical Times February 9th, 2016Three takeaway points from CIRM’s recent meeting on human gene editing.
Human Genetic Alteration and Gold Mines: California's Stem Cell Agency Takes a Hard Look at Research Standardsby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJanuary 27th, 2016The $3 billion California stem cell agency will convene a livestreamed day-long meeting to examine agency policies dealing with human gene editing.
‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A.by Sonali KolkhatkarTruthDigJanuary 21st, 2016The film covers a grisly era of California history—the forced sterilization of untold numbers of poor, mostly Latino, Spanish-speaking women in the 1960s and 70s.
Plug Pulled on Cancer Clinical Trial: Sudden End for $18 Million Push by California Stem Cell Agency by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJanuary 14th, 2016California’s ambitious effort to develop a stem cell therapy for a deadly form of skin cancer collapsed abruptly last week, apparently the victim of “excessively long development timelines."
Jordan Middle School, other schools now up for renamingby Elena KadvanyPalo Alto WeeklyJanuary 13th, 2016Middle school students and their parents are objecting to their school being named for Stanford University founding president David Starr Jordan, because of his involvement in the eugenics movement.
Bay Area biologist's gene-editing kit lets do-it-yourselfers play God at the kitchen tableby Lisa M. KriegerContra Costa TimesJanuary 11th, 2016"I want to democratize science," says Josiah Zaynor, who builds inexpensive CRISPR kits to encourage non-scientists to learn genome editing skills.
California’s Proposed Budget Upholds ‘Racist, Sexist, Classist’ Policyby Tina VasquezRH Reality CheckJanuary 11th, 2016The Maximum Family Grant is designed to discourage low-income mothers from having children.
Surrogate Sues Father Over Tripletsby Brandy ZadroznyThe Daily BeastJanuary 6th, 2016In response to an intended parent's request to abort one of three fetuses, a pregnant plaintiff says she will carry them all to term and is suing to keep at least one of the babies.
When California Sterilized 20,000 of Its Citizensby Alexandra Minna SternZocalo Public SquareJanuary 6th, 2016The Golden State was the most aggressive in the country in deeming the "feebleminded" and "deviant" unfit to reproduce.
First Genetically Edited Cows Arrive at UC Davisby Edward OrtizSacramento BeeDecember 20th, 2015The two calves will never grow horns typical of their breed. Instead, they’ll always sport soft hair where hard mounds normally emerge.
California Judge Orders Frozen Embryos Destroyed[cites CGS Fellow Lisa Ikemoto]by Andy NewmanThe New York TimesNovember 19th, 2015A superior court judge in San Francisco ordered the thawing and destruction of a divorced couple's frozen embryos, enforcing the terms of the couple's pre-divorce agreement.
Sky-high price of new stem cell therapies is a growing concernby Michael HiltzikLos Angeles TimesOctober 9th, 2015Late-stage clinical trials of two treatments backed by California's $6-billion stem cell program are underway. Will Californians be able to afford them?
The Messy, Complicated Nature of Assisted Reproductive Technology[cites CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by J. Wesley JuddPacific StandardSeptember 28th, 2015A California court ART case shows that even when there is a contract, the issues are far from black and white.
Prop 47 Could Purge DNA Databaseby Kristina DavisThe San Diego Union-TribuneSeptember 27th, 2015A California ballot initiative reduced certain low-level, nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors, but the fate of the consequent DNA collection is unclear.
A $6 Billion Question: Affordability of California's Stem Cell Therapiesby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportSeptember 23rd, 2015The California stem cell agency will cost taxpayers $6 billion by 2020. But the agency isn't discussing what any therapies are likely to cost, or whether it should focus on affordable treatments.
State agency forming big stem-cell bank to help find curesby Kevin SchultzSan Francisco ChronicleSeptember 1st, 2015Thousands of cell lines created induced pluripotent stem cells will be made available to researchers.
Political Notes: CA bill protecting same-sex parents advancesby Matthew S. BajkoBay Area ReporterAugust 27th, 2015Gay, lesbian and unmarried couples who use assisted reproduction and third party gametes would be recognized as parents from the moment their child is born.
No Más Bebés: A Documentary on the Sterilizations of Latina Mothers at an LA County Hospital by Jonathan ChernoguzBiopolitical TimesJune 15th, 2015During the late 1960s and early 1970s, some women who went to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to deliver their babies went home without the ability to have children again.
California Stem Cell Agency Symposium: 'Vague Fears' vs. Potential Genetic Alteration of Human Race[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJune 11th, 2015California’s $3 billion stem cell agency has called a high-level meeting for next fall to examine a "red-hot" issue that many researchers say could lead to alteration of the human race.
Bill to Protect the Genetic Profiles of Californians Clears Assembly Floor – AB 170by Christopher SimmonsCalifornia NewswireJune 3rd, 2015The legislation will will allow parents to make informed decisions about allowing their newborn’s blood sample to be retained and leased to researchers.
Hype, Money and Stem Cellsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 9th, 2015Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times used newly published research to write a scathing article largely focused on the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
California and your DNA: Is it a healthy relationship? by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMarch 16th, 2015While every state across the country takes part in newborn screening, each state differs in how it handles the blood cards and the genetic information they hold. In California, those cards are stored indefinitely and potentially rented out for a broad array of uses.
State has DNA Databases from Cradle to Jailby Jeremy B. WhiteThe Sacramento BeeMarch 4th, 2015Soon after every baby in California is born, a hospital worker extracts and logs its genetic information. It will be tested for diseases and then stashed permanently in a warehouse containing a generation of Californians’ DNA.
CIRM 2.0by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 7th, 2015The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is attempting a "reboot" in an effort to accelerate the development of cures, though its critics remain skeptical.
California Launches $50 Million, Fast-Track Stem Cell Driveby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportDecember 11th, 2014The California stem cell agency approved a plan that will radically reshape its efforts to produce a widely available stem cell treatment, a goal it has not yet reached after 10 years of trying.
Mandatory DNA Collection During Arrest is Unconstitutional, Court Saysby Maura DolanThe Los Angeles TimesDecember 3rd, 2014An appeals court decided unanimously that California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested for felonies - though not necessarily convicted or even charged - violates the state constitution.
Evaluating California’s Stem Cell Experimentby David E. JensenSacramento BeeNovember 15th, 2014CIRM expects to be taking part in 10 early-stage clinical trials this year; however, no California-financed cures or therapies have reached the clinic and none are likely to do so for years.
Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Laura SydellNPROctober 17th, 2014The addition of the benefit comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.
An End to Sterilization Abuses in California Prisonsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 26th, 2014The signing of SB 1135 into California law by Gov. Jerry Brown is an important victory in the fight for the remembrance of our state's eugenic history and its ongoing implications.
Surrogates and Couples Face a Maze of Laws, State by Stateby Tamar LewinThe New York TimesSeptember 17th, 2014Surrogacy remains a polarizing and charged issue. There is nothing resembling a national consensus on how to handle it and no federal law, leaving the states free to do as they wish.
San Francisco Lawmakers Could Pass Resolution Against Sex-Selective Abortion Bansby Nina Liss-SchultzRH Reality CheckSeptember 10th, 2014A resolution opposes sex-selective abortion bans on the basis that they perpetuate racial stereotypes that are harmful to women and communities of color.
Stem cell industry's 'huge development' in Bay Areaby Stephanie M. LeeSan Francisco ChronicleAugust 29th, 2014Almost three years after Geron shut down the world's first clinical trial of a therapy using embryonic stem cells, a subsidiary of another Bay Area company is reviving the work.
California Bill Would Let Birth Certificates Reflect Same-Sex Parentsby Mary PapenfussReutersAugust 20th, 2014The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father, mother or parent when a child is born.
California Couple Shares Surrogate Story in Wake of Thailand Controversy by Beth GreenfieldYahoo! HealthAugust 19th, 2014When news broke earlier this month about baby Gammy, many were shocked. But not Keston and Andrea Ott-Dahl, a San Francisco couple who had a similar experience right here in America.
California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Inmate Sterilizationsby Sharon BernsteinReutersAugust 19th, 2014California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown.
California Set to Prohibit Sterilization of Prisonersby Jonathan ChernoguzBiopolitical TimesJuly 24th, 2014With the unanimous approval of Senate Bill 1135 in Sacramento last month, the victims of recent unauthorized sterilizations in California prisons, and their advocates, seem likely to win this important victory.
Shameful Conflicts of Interest Involving California's Stem Cell Agencyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 9th, 2014The former President of CIRM just took a job on the board of a company that benefited from the agency's grants, highlighting the conflicts of interest that have always bedeviled the agency.
Selling Stem Cells Honestlyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 25th, 2014Scientists around the world are campaigning in favor of sensible regulation of stem-cell therapies. It’s about time.
Female Prison Inmates Sterilized Illegally, California Audit Confirms by Corey G. JohnsonCFIRJune 19th, 2014The California state auditor blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates, finding numerous illegal surgeries and violations of the state’s informed-consent law.
Eugenicists Never Retreat, They Just Regroup: Sterilization and Reproductive Oppression in Prisonsby Loretta RossRH Reality CheckJune 12th, 2014Women in California prisons have been illegally sterilized, nearly four decades after sterilization abuse guidelines were implemented at the state and the federal level.
Spinal Cord, HIV Stem Cell Treatments Fundedby Bradley J. FikesUT San DiegoMay 29th, 2014A potentially groundbreaking trial to treat spinal cord injuries with tissue grown from human embryonic stem cells will resume, after being funded by the California's stem cell agency.
Could a California Bill Make Going From Sperm Donor to Father as Easy as Filling Out a Form? Not so Fast.by Abby PhillipWashington PostMay 20th, 2014Want to make sure a sperm donor can’t claim to be a father? Check here. And vice versa. Or at least that’s the hope of the “Modern Family Act.”
Counsyl Gets Funding for New Genetic Tests[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Stephanie M. LeeSan Francisco ChronicleMay 8th, 2014The San Francisco startup, Counsyl, has just released a test that screens men and women for their inherited risks of breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers.
State Stem Cell Agency Hasn't Lived up to its Hype[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by EditorialSan Francisco ChronicleMay 2nd, 2014How good should California taxpayers feel about the state stem cell institute's use of their $3 billion? The answer is a decidedly mixed one.
Former Osiris President Chosen as New CEO at California's Stem Cell Agencyby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportApril 30th, 2014The new president of the $3 billion research enterprise has a strong private sector background that will become increasingly important as the agency pushes to commercialize.
State Stem Cell Agency’s at a Crossroadsby David JensenThe Sacramento BeeApril 28th, 2014In a few days, the $3 billion California stem cell agency is slated to pick a new president who will oversee what could be the last years of its life.
Update on Controversial Police DNA Collection in the Statesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 3rd, 2014In California, the Court of Appeals confirmed that police may take DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony, at least for now; many other states, but not all, do the same.
California Bill Tackles Sterilization of Female InmatesAljazeera AmericaApril 2nd, 2014A bill was presented to the California Senate Health Committee that aims to close loopholes that allowed doctors to sterilize hundreds of female inmates without state approval.
Appeals Court OKs California DNA Swabs of Felony ArresteesAssociated PressMarch 20th, 2014A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld California's law requiring people arrested for felonies to submit samples of their DNA to police.
Critiquing the California Stem Cell Story: 'Continuums' vs. Curesby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportMarch 10th, 2014What cures has the California stem cell agency produced, as was promised during the 2004 ballot campaign that created the state program?
Hospital Delivery Charges Significantly Higher When Babies Conceived Through Assisted Reproductive Technologiesby Miriam ZollReporting on HealthMarch 4th, 2014A new study has found that from 2009-2011 in California, hospital delivery charges associated with babies born through assisted reproductive technologies were significantly higher than for babies born through natural conception.
Stillbirths and Infant Health Risks Higher in California’s Artificially Conceived Infantsby Miriam ZollReporting on HealthFebruary 28th, 2014A new study has found that in California from 2009-2011 there was a 24- to 27-fold increase in health risks among infants born through assisted reproductive technologies or artificial insemination compared to babies conceived naturally.
Robert Klein, the California Stem Cell Agency and a $5 Billion Proposalby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportFebruary 23rd, 2014The California stem cell agency has put a little distance between it and its former chairman who is currently touting a new $5 billion bond measure to rescue the agency from its financial demise.
Calif. Prison Doctor Linked to Sterilizations no Stranger to Controversyby Corey G. JohnsonThe Center for Investigative ReportingFebruary 13th, 2014A prison doctor investigated by the California medical board after ordering tubal ligations without state approval is responsible for hundreds of other inmate sterilizations.
Stanford Consortium Wins $40 Million to Create Stem Cell Genomics Centerby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJanuary 29th, 2014Directors of the California stem cell agency have approved a $40 million proposal ultimately targeted at creating medical treatments tailored to a patient's genetic makeup.
California’s stem cell agency poised to bet big on genomics researchby David JensenSacramento BeeJanuary 26th, 2014Directors of the California stem cell agency are preparing to create one or two stem cell genomic centers that they predict will make the state a world leader in the new field.
DNA evidence in Grim Sleeper case was taken legally, judge rulesby Paresh DaveLos Angeles TimesJanuary 7th, 2014A judge ruled that it was lawful for DNA evidence to be obtained from a pizza slice by a police officer posing as a busboy.
Going Too Far on DNA Searches by The Times editorial boardThe Los Angeles TimesDecember 16th, 2013A ballot measure approved by California voters in 2004 allows police to collect DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony - before being charged or convicted.
Sharp Exchanges as Stem Cell Board Tables Future Funding Proposalby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportDecember 11th, 2013A plan to finance the California stem cell agency after its $3 billion runs out in 2017 was shunted aside today after it ran into sharp opposition and questions from several of the agency's governing board members.
Court to Consider California's DNA Collection Lawby Paul EliasAssociated PressDecember 9th, 2013California's Attorney General and the Obama administration are urging a federal appeals court to uphold California's mandatory collection of DNA samples from every arrestee.
The California Stem Cell Agency: A Blueprint for Living Without $300 Million a Yearby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportDecember 5th, 2013The likely future of the $3 billion California stem cell agency is an enterprise no longer tied to state funding and much more closely linked with industry.
Philanthropy's Original Sinby William A. SchambraThe New AtlantisNovember 15th, 2013For all of philanthropy's wonderful qualities, it's important to understand that the first American foundations were deeply immersed in eugenics — the effort to promote the reproduction of the “fit” and to suppress the reproduction of the “unfit.”
The Future of the California Stem Cell Agency: Cures, Priorities and Brain Drain by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportNovember 3rd, 2013The California stem cell agency is nearing the end of its “normal” life span, and the topic of its future comes up with some regularity nowadays within the Golden State's stem cell community.
Zeroing in on Therapies at the California Stem Cell Agencyby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportOctober 9th, 2013Directors of the California stem cell agency mull over a recommendation to focus intensely on a handful of research projects most likely to result in commercializing a stem cell therapy.
The Arlene Bynon Show[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Arlene BynonThe Arlene Bynon ShowOctober 7th, 2013Marcy Darnovsky discusses 23andMe's recent "designer baby" patent with on a national affairs program broadcast on SiriusXM.
California's $70 Million Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Plan Edging Forward by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportSeptember 30th, 2013The California stem cell agency predicts that “human healthcare will be greatly improved” by stem cell research by 2024 and is fleshing out an ambitious plan to help make that happen.
More DNA Samples, More Debateby Erica E. PhillipsThe Wall Street JournalSeptember 23rd, 2013In Orange County, California, officials are taking DNA samples from people charged with minor offenses such as shoplifting and drug possession, in exchange for agreeing to dismiss the charges or as part of plea deals.
Calif. Seeks Answers On Questionable Prison Sterilizationsby Pauline BartoloneNPRSeptember 20th, 2013Lawmakers in California have called for an internal audit after an investigation revealed that women were receiving sterilization procedures improperly at several state prisons.
Eggs for Cash: Pitting Choice Against Riskby Diane Tober and Francine CoeytauxRH Reality CheckSeptember 4th, 2013The debate about a recent payment-for-eggs bill in California illustrates tensions among reproductive rights and justice advocates about what it means to be pro-woman.
California Controversy: Let's Not Expand the Market in Women's Eggsby Marcy Darnovsky and Susan Berke FogelHuffington PostSeptember 3rd, 2013California Governor Jerry Brown's veto of a bill that would have allowed researchers to pay women for having their eggs harvested was warmly welcomed by women's health and public interest groups.
More Concerns Over Familial DNA Searchingby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesAugust 28th, 2013A recent paper by Rori Rohlfs et. al., and two accompanying videos, suggest that real concerns still remain with familial searching in California's DNA databases.
Involuntary Sterilization Then and Nowby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesAugust 28th, 2013North 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?
Is Individuality the Savior of Eugenics?by Nathaniel ComfortScientific AmericanAugust 23rd, 2013Once defined as “the science of human improvement through better breeding,” eugenics has roared back into the headlines in recent weeks in both Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll personae.
California Legislators Urge Speedy Inquiry into Prison Sterilizationsby Corey G. JohnsonCenter for Investigative ReportingAugust 21st, 2013Legislators today fast-tracked an audit into why doctors under contract with the state sterilized nearly 150 female prison inmates from 2006 to 2010 without the required authorizations.
Should Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?by Judy CampbellKQEDAugust 19th, 2013A bill prompted by a custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights. Opponents say it could undercut the rights of same-sex couples and single mothers.
Study Probes DNA Search Method that Led to 'Grim Sleeper' Suspectby Eryn BrownLos Angeles TimesAugust 15th, 2013DNA-based familial searches may mistakenly identify individuals in a forensic database as siblings or parents of an unknown perpetrator, when in fact they are distant relatives.
Brown Vetoes Bill Allowing Women to Sell Eggs for Research[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by Alex MatthewsCapitol WeeklyAugust 14th, 2013California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed the controversial legislation. “Not everything in life is for sale nor should it be,” his veto message began.
California Bill Would Redefine Sperm Donor Rightsby Carla MarinucciSan Francisco ChronicleAugust 13th, 2013The legislature is preparing to battle over a bill that could redefine the family unit and the parental rights of sperm donors, a move that has split GLBT advocates and has some women's rights groups up in arms.
The Henrietta Lacks Story and Eggs, Money and Motherhood[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportAugust 7th, 2013The legacy of Henrietta Lacks should resonate within the stem cell industry, as well as with Governor Brown, who has a bill on his desk to permit women to sell their eggs for research.
The Fallibility of DNAby Michael RisherThe New York TimesJuly 31st, 2013The myth of DNA infallibility has another dimension: when the government warehouses DNA samples on a large scale, we increase the chances that innocent citizens might be arrested and jailed.
Stem Cell Agency Approves Plan for Clinical Trial Networkby Karen KaplanLos Angeles TimesJuly 26th, 2013The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine approved a $70-million plan to develop a network of clinics for conducting trials of experimental stem-cell therapies.
The Moral Price of Human Eggsby S. Lochlann JainSan Francisco ChronicleJuly 25th, 2013It is simply criminal that the stubborn resistance to collecting data on the long-term health consequences of egg extraction continues to enable the claim that "no danger has been proven."
California Stem Cell Agency Delays Decision on Expanding the Market in Women’s Eggsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJuly 25th, 2013The push by the stem cell agency’s leadership is one of two efforts to gut protections for women in California who provide eggs for research.
Stem Cell Lines and Paid-for Eggs: Stem Cell Agency Delays Action on Easing Restrictionsby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJuly 24th, 2013A key panel of the California stem cell agency today balked at approving a plan to ease restrictions on purchasing stem cell lines derived from women who were paid for their eggs.
High-Tech, High-Risk Forensicsby Osagie K. ObasogieThe New York TimesJuly 24th, 2013For far too long, we have allowed the myth of DNA infallibility to chip away at our skepticism of government’s prosecutorial power, undoubtedly leading to untold injustices.
Sterilization Abuse in State Prisons: Time to Break With California's Long Eugenic Patternsby Alex Stern and Tony PlattThe Huffington PostJuly 23rd, 2013The recent revelation that 148 female prisoners in two California institutions were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 is another example of the state's long history of reproductive injustice and the ongoing legacy of eugenics.
Viewpoints: Risks are Many in Paying Women to Donate Eggsby Diane Tober and Nancy Scheper-HughesThe Sacramento BeeJuly 16th, 2013As scientists in California delve more deeply into stem cell research and reproductive science, it is essential that women donating their eggs for research not be exploited or put at risk. A bill on the governor's desk would do just that.
Pitts: Gruesome Bad Old Days of Eugenics Haven't Left Usby Leonard PittsThe ColumbianJuly 15th, 2013We have traveled far, only to wind up in this familiar place where the vulnerable and voiceless, the ones most deserving of our compassion, are regarded instead as inferiors and allowed to be victimized.
Veto Campaign Launched on California Pay-for-Eggs Bill[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJuly 12th, 2013Opponents of the California pay-for-eggs bill have kicked off a campaign to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the industry-backed legislation.
California "Pay-for-Eggs" Bill on the Governor’s Deskby Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesJuly 11th, 2013Urge Governor Brown block expanding the market in women's eggs. Here's how and why.
Brown Ponders Sale of Women's Eggs For Research[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by Alex MatthewsCapitol WeeklyJuly 10th, 2013Egg providers "are treated as vendors, not as patients. They’re just shuttled out; no records are kept of the impact on women's health."
Illegal Sterilizations in Modern California Jailsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 10th, 2013The 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 national attention.
Eggs and Cash: Stem Cell Agency Considering Easing Restrictions on Stem Cell Lines Derived Using Paymentsby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJuly 7th, 2013The California stem cell agency is moving to remove a ban on using stem cell lines derived from eggs from women who have been paid to provide them.
Female Inmates Sterilized in California Prisons Without Approvalby Corey G. JohnsonCenter for Investigative ReportingJuly 7th, 2013The Center for Investigative Reporting has found that California doctors sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals.
California Legislation, Human Egg Sales and Profitsby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJuly 1st, 2013Missing from the debate on California legislation to allow women to be paid for their eggs for scientific research is a key reason behind the bill – building profits for what some call the “baby business.”
How Innocent Man's DNA Was Found at Killing Sceneby Henry K. LeeSan Francisco ChronicleJune 26th, 2013An innocent man was charged with murder and spent five months in jail, despite having what prosecutors acknowledged was an airtight alibi.
Should Women Make a Profit on Donating Their Eggs For Research? [With CGS's Diane Tober]by Larry MantleKPCCJune 20th, 2013The amount of money a woman can receive for donating eggs for research in California could shoot up from hundreds of dollars to thousands if a new law passes the state Senate.
California Bill Poised to Lift Restrictions on Egg Donation[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by Charlotte SchubertNatureJune 18th, 2013If California passes AB926 it would overturn a 2006 state law that prohibits payments for research eggs beyond direct expenses, put in place to prevent donor coercion and minimize health risks.
Inside the Stem Cell Shell Gameby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorJune 18th, 2013Sociologist Ruha Benjamin examines the California stem cell initiative from a social justice perspective.
Testimony by Jennifer Schneider, MD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Jennifer Schneider, MD
Testimony by Diane Tober, PhD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Diane Tober
Testimony by Sindy Wei, MD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Sindy Wei, MD
Compensation for Human Eggs Approved by Key California Senate Committee, But Not For CIRM Researchersby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportJune 13th, 2013Legislation that would permit women in California to be paid for their eggs for scientific research yesterday cleared a key state Senate committee and is likely headed for the governor's desk.
Update: California Bill Would Overturn Protections for Women Providing Eggs for Research by Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesJune 13th, 2013If the bill is approved by the full Senate and signed into law by the governor, California researchers would be permitted for the first time to pay women for their eggs.
Should Police Use DNA to Investigate a Suspect’s Family Members?by Nanibaa’ A. Garrison, Rori V. Rohlfs, and Stephanie M. Fullerton, Biopolitical Times guest contributorsJune 11th, 2013A DNA-based technique called familial searching can help police solve serious crimes. It can also be abused in ways that expose innocent people to unwarranted police surveillance.
Mexican Americans Sterilized Disproportionately in California Institutions, Study Saysby Roque PlanasThe Huffington PostJune 5th, 2013A new study shows definitively that Mexican Americans were disproportionately sterilized in California during the first half of the 20th century.
Welcome to the “Genetic Panopticon”by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2013In a forceful blow to the Fourth Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA from people who have been arrested – but who have not been convicted, and may never be.
Discussing "De-Extinction"by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2013A one-day conference, "De-extinction: Ethics, Law & Politics," included advocates of the idea, as well as environmentalists, animal welfare experts and philosophers expressing a range of concerns.
California DNA Law is Broader Than Program Upheld by Supreme Courtby Maura DolanThe Los Angeles TimesJune 3rd, 2013The Supreme Court's decision allowing authorities to take DNA from people when they are arrested may not mean that California's DNA collection program will survive court challenges.
The Facts: A Bill to Permit Researchers to Pay for Eggs is Bad for Women, Bad for Californiaby Alliance for Humane Biotechnology, Center for Genetics and Society, Our Bodies Ourselves, and Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible ResearchMay 30th, 2013Given that many young women providing eggs for reproductive purposes have experienced serious complications, it would seem prudent to collect adequate safety data before expanding the market to include eggs for research.
Editorial: More Conflicts Come to Light at Stem Cell InstituteThe Sacramento BeeMay 25th, 2013With a new chairman, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine claims it has turned a page, but serious conflicts continue to be revealed.
Leading Scientist Attacks University Over 'Outrageous' IVF Treatment Patentby Robin McKieThe GuardianMay 25th, 2013The patent, which covers the duration of the first three cell cycles in a human embryo, encroaches on a naturally occurring phenomenon.
California Bill Would Prevent Genetic-Testing Firms from Using Surreptitiously Obtained DNAby Jessica ShugartMercury NewsMay 23rd, 2013Under current California law, genetic testing companies can reveal your most intimate biological secrets to anybody, without your knowledge or permission. A new bill may change that.
Grant Reviewer Conflict in $40 Million Round at California Stem Cell Agencyby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportMay 21st, 2013Internationally renowned scientist Lee Hood violated the California stem cell agency's conflict of interest policies when he was involved in reviewing applications.
Center for Genetics and Society applauds Governor Brown’s veto of AB 926[Press statement]The veto is a welcome development for the health of California women, ensuring the continuation of legal protections for those who undergo invasive procedures to provide their eggs for research.
There's More to Life Than Freezing Your Eggs[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by Jacoba UristThe AtlanticMay 14th, 2013Suddenly, it seems, everyone is singing the praises of egg freezing as the latest cure for a woman's declining fertility, but it isn't quite the panacea the media would have you believe.
Modesto Woman Gets 5 Years in Prison for Surrogacy Scamby Carlos SaucedoABC LocalMay 13th, 2013The owner of a Modesto surrogate agency accused of a $2 million fraud scheme has been sentenced in federal court.
Made-to-Order Embryos: You Want to Sell What?!by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2013The fact that a fertility clinic can own and sell made-to-order embryos for profit raises novel concerns that should not be collapsed into predefined frameworks used to assess other assisted reproductive technologies.
California Lawmakers Consider Paying Women to Provide Eggs for Researchby Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2013A new bill claims to be motivated by concerns for women’s equity and for advancing responsible medical research, but in fact undermines both.
Which Comes First: The Woman or Her Eggs? [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Ruha BenjaminHuffington PostApril 17th, 2013If we're going to support a "right to stem cell research," then we need to guarantee a right to health in the form of serious investment in egg donor safety.
Should researchers pay for women's eggs?[Op-Ed]by Ruha BenjaminSan Francisco ChronicleApril 4th, 2013Could compensation induce women of modest means to undergo the risks of egg extraction?
Privacy and Progress Inspires California Genetic Information Privacy Billby Nicolle StrandPresidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical IssuesMarch 12th, 2013A California State Senator introduced a bill declaring the intent of the legislature to enact new, comprehensive genetic privacy protections in the state.
Whole Foods to Require Labeling of GMOs, Eventuallyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 12th, 2013For the first time, a major national grocery chain has committed to labeling GMO foods.
California Bill Seeks Pay for Women Who Donate Eggs for Researchby Melody GutierrezThe Sacramento BeeMarch 10th, 2013A recently introduced bill in California seeks to overturn existing policies that limit payments to women who provide eggs for research to reimbursement for their expenses.
UCSF Discovery a Potential "Earthquake" for Stem Cell Therapiesby Ron LeutySan Francisco Business TimesMarch 4th, 2013A new type of stem cell may open new possibilities for fixing damaged parts of the body.
Critiquing the Stem Cell Board[Editorial]Los Angeles TimesFebruary 27th, 2013California's stem cell institute is finally making some changes, but the modifications are more a bandage than a cure. Like a bandage, they will probably do, but only for a limited time.
Desperate for Children, They Were Swindled Out of $2 Million Central Valley Business TimesFebruary 19th, 2013A California woman pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud in connection with a scheme she carried out through her surrogacy and egg donation agency, Surrogenesis USA Inc.
Yes, Virginia, Your Reproductive Rights Are Compromised by Alex SternHuffington PostFebruary 12th, 2013In Virginia as in many other states, legislative battles about reproductive rights are front and center. One pending bill proposes reparations for victims of the state's eugenic sterilization policy; the other seeks to end the 30-day waiting period for sterilization.
Too Much InformationSupreme Court 2013: Why collecting DNA from people who are arrested won’t help solve more crimes.by Brandon L. Garrett and Erin MurphySlateFebruary 12th, 2013Research shows that police solve more crimes not by taking DNA from suspects who have never been convicted, but by collecting more evidence at crime scenes.
Will Pre-Conviction DNA Collection Become the National Norm?by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 7th, 2013The United States Supreme Court will hear a case later this month that will determine the legality of collecting DNA from people who are arrested for but not convicted of any crime.
High School Students' Campaign to Spread Awareness of California’s Eugenic Historyby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 1st, 2013A group of California high school students have started a petition asking that textbook standards and curricula be changed to include the state’s history of sterilization and eugenics.
California Passes The Most Progressive Surrogacy Bill In The Worldby Andrew Vorzimer and David RandallAmerican Fertility Association BlogJanuary 25th, 2013The legislation is designed to protect all parties involved in surrogacy arrangements.
State Stem Cell Agency Endorses Conflict Guidelinesby Bradley FikesUT San DiegoJanuary 23rd, 2013California’s $3 billion state stem agency voted Wednesday to accept in concept proposed changes to reduce conflicts of interest on the agency's governing committee.
Stem Cell Research Center Needs Overhaul, IOM Panel Says[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Marcia FrellickAmerican Medical NewsJanuary 8th, 2013A report says board members must be free of personal and professional conflicts of interest. It also calls for an external scientific advisory board.
New Calif. Law Eases Sperm Donor Testing RulesMercury NewsDecember 28th, 2012California women who want to get pregnant using sperm from a donor they know should find the process easier and less expensive next year, thanks to a new state law.
HealthWatch: More Parents Deciding Sex Of Children [Video][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Kim MulvihillCBS San FranciscoDecember 28th, 2012More Bay Area parents are spending thousands of dollars to predetermine whether their child will be a boy or girl.
Universities with Connections Win Most Stem Cell Money[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Melody PetersenThe Orange County RegisterDecember 14th, 2012Repeated independent reviews of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine have found that its board is rife with conflicts of interest.
Is California's Stem Cell Program Preparing to Waste $700,000?by Michael HiltzikLos Angeles TimesDecember 12th, 2012The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine formally received the Institute of Medicine's review report at its meeting today; several board members showed overt hostility to the panel's recommendations.
IOM Proposals for Overhaul at CIRM Win High Marks [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportDecember 7th, 2012Independent observers gave generally high marks to the Institute of Medicine's recommendations for major changes at the California stem cell agency.
Report recommends changes to California stem cell agency's board, goals[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Ron LeutySan Francisco Business TimesDecember 6th, 2012"If CIRM acquires new funds from industry sources or venture firms, it must recognize that it has ongoing obligations to the people of California."
Report says California’s taxpayer-funded stem cell agency needs a reorganization[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Alicia Chang, Associated PressWashington PostDecember 6th, 2012“CIRM has not responded in a meaningful way to many previous public interest suggestions or to independent reviews. We hope the agency will not continue that pattern.”
Center for Genetics and Society applauds recommendations for improvements in oversight and governance of California stem cell agency; calls for additional changes[Press statement]December 6th, 2012Given the state’s budgetary problems and CIRM's shortcomings, it would be wrong to ask Californians to give it more public money.
IOM Recommends Sweeping Changes at California Stem Cell Agencyby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportDecember 6th, 2012A study by the Institute of Medicine recommended sweeping changes at CIRM to remove conflict of interest problems, clean up a troubling dual-executive arrangement and fundamentally change the nature of the governing board.
DNA Forensics Update by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 28th, 2012The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a potentially significant case about police collection of DNA from suspects rather than criminals; and forensic DNA databases round the world continue to proliferate.
After Loss, the Fight to Label Modified Food Continuesby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesNovember 7th, 2012Advocates for the labeling of genetically modified food vowed to carry their fight to other states and to the federal government after a defeat in California.
Money Doesn't Talk, It Liesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 1st, 2012California's Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified food, is being battered by a million dollars a day of deceptive commercials, but the race is roughly tied.
Surrogacy, Now Big Business in Southern Californiaby Michael CookBioEdgeOctober 20th, 2012A promotional video used for gay couples in “the surrogacy friendly state of California” lacks any discussion of the difficult moral terrain.
Colman Chadam, California Boy, Ordered To Transfer Schools For Carrying Cystic Fibrosis Gene Huffington PostOctober 18th, 2012An 11-year-old has been ordered to leave his current school because of his genetic makeup. His parents are taking the issue to court.
California Genetic Privacy Arguments Go Nationalby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesOctober 18th, 2012Arguments in California court cases and legislative initiatives about genetic privacy arguments have gone national, and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has weighed in.
Research Firm Reaped Stem Cell Funds Despite Panel's Adviceby Michael HiltzikLos Angeles TimesOctober 17th, 2012StemCells Inc. has had rather a charmed relationship with California's publicly funded stem cell program, with some $40 million in awards approved this year.
Vote for the Dinner PartyIs this the year that the food movement finally enters politics?by Michael PollanNew York TimesOctober 10th, 2012California’s Proposition 37, which would require that genetically modified foods carry a label, has the potential to change the politics of food not just in California but nationally too.
Got Hypoallergenic Milk? Noby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 3rd, 2012Scientists have created a genetically modified cow that produces milk without a specific protein that may cause allergic reactions. But their achievement has been badly misrepresented, since its milk does contain higher levels of another allergenic protein.
Complete Video Now Online for Eugenics in California: A Legacy of the Past?by Center for Genetics and SocietyBiopolitical TimesSeptember 28th, 2012A video recording of a public event at Berkeley School of Law about the legacies of eugenics in California.
Poll Finds Prop. 37 is Likely to Passby Marc LifsherLos Angeles TimesSeptember 27th, 2012With less than six weeks until election day, supporters of labeling for genetically engineered foods outnumber foes 2 to 1.
Stem Cell Cash Mostly Aids Directors' Interestsby David JensenThe Sacramento BeeSeptember 23rd, 2012The California stem cell agency's fresh set of funding awards renews debate about conflicts of interest.
Crucial GMO Food Fight in Californiaby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 20th, 2012California's Proposition 37 aims to label GMO foods, and the industry is fighting back hard.
Federal Judges Reconsider Police Collection of DNAby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesSeptember 20th, 2012A federal court of appeals will decide the fate of a California law requiring that police take DNA samples of anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.
California and the Fourth Amendment[Editorial]The New York TimesSeptember 18th, 2012The New York Times editorializes on California's law requiring police to take DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted of felonies: "It is unconstitutional."
Federal Appeals Court to Hear Challenge to California DNA Collection Lawby Howard MintzSan Jose Mercury NewsSeptember 16th, 2012The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a California law that permits DNA collection from felony arrestees.
Stop and Swab: Dramatic Increases in DNA Police Databasesby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesAugust 20th, 2012DNA databases continue to grow exponentially as more U.S. states allow police to seize DNA samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted, and from those suspected of misdemeanors as well as felonies.
Eugenics in California: A Legacy of the Past?by Center for Genetics and SocietyBiopolitical TimesAugust 15th, 2012A free public event at UC Berkeley will consider the long history of eugenics in California and explore continuities and discontinuities in the uses and misuses of genetic ideas and practices.
23andMe Wants FDA Approval for Personal DNA Testing. What Can It Reveal?by Bonnie RochmanTIME HealthlandAugust 2nd, 2012The personal genomics company 23andMe announced that it is seeking FDA approval for its version of DNA testing.
Federal Court Taking Second Look at Calif. DNA Lawby Associated PressYahoo NewsJuly 26th, 2012A federal appeals court decided to take another look at a California law that requires DNA samples to be taken from anyone arrested for a felony, not just after a conviction.
Fetal Tests Spur Legal BattleA newborn industry based on non-invasive genetic testing turns combativeby Erika Check HaydenNatureJune 27th, 2012Genetic tests that analyze fetal DNA from a pregnant woman's blood are arriving in a rush. Their commercialization has already spurred a tangled legal battle.
Informed Consent: A Broken Contractby Erika Check HaydenNature NewsJune 20th, 2012As large-scale genetic research has become faster and cheaper, more and more personal genetic data collected for one purpose ends up being used for another.
When California Decided Who Could Have Children and Who Could Notby Jeremy RosenbergLos Angeles TimesJune 18th, 2012California's "Asexualization Act" of 1909 gave the go-ahead for the state to sterilize more than 20,000 men and women against their will.
Patenting and Personal Genomics: 23andMe Receives its First Patent, and Plenty of Questionsby Dan VorhausGenomics Law ReportJune 1st, 2012The announcement appeared to catch more than a few of the company’s customers by surprise, sparking concern about the company’s intentions.
In the News: Stem Cell Cash Will Run Out – Then What?by David JensenThe Sacramento BeeMay 20th, 2012Prop. 71 has previously provided a direct stream of state bond cash, but what will happen when, in about five years, the state stops borrowing money to finance stem cell research?
California Considers DNA Privacy Lawby Helen ShenNatureMay 18th, 2012California lawmakers are considering a bill that would require written consent for the collection, retention, and sharing of individual genetic information. Academic researchers fear the measures would prohibit work with genetic databases.
California Genetic Privacy Bill Moves Forward – Padilla’s SB 1267 to Protect a Person’s DNAby Valerie GottenCalifornia NewswireApril 24th, 2012California moves one step closer to passing comprehensive genetic privacy legislation, as the proposed bill clears a sub-committee hurdle.
Woman Who Ran Surrogacy Company Arrested on Fraud Chargesby Rosalio AhumadaBellingham HeraldApril 20th, 2012A California woman was arrested this week on charges that her company, SurroGenesis, was defrauding its clients.
Critics of California Stem-Cell Agency Address Institute of Medicine Panel[Quote's CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Erika Check HaydenNature News BlogApril 13th, 2012Speakers raised concerns about built-in conflicts of interest, oversight by elected officials, and unfulfilled promises to voters.
Statement to Institute of Medicine Committee on the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine by Marcy DarnovskyApril 10th, 2012Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society made this statement before the Institute of Medicine Committee regarding CIRM's funding and governance structure.
Playing God?by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay GuardianApril 3rd, 2012SynBioWatch raises concerns about the risks posed by a planned new synthetic biology lab in Richmond.
Plan to merge labs for biofuel research criticizedby David PerlmanSan Francisco ChronicleMarch 29th, 2012Synthetic biology research at a proposed facility in Richmond, California would be tied to unknown energy companies, poorly regulated, and expose employees to dangerous microbes. If successful, it would rob undeveloped nations of their croplands.
Bay Area may be at risk from synthetic biology research labsby Emily Smith BeitiksSan Jose Mercury NewsMarch 27th, 2012Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently announced a proposal to build a synthetic biology lab in Richmond, which should give us pause to consider exactly what risks this little-known field poses for the environment and human health.
North Carolina Leads the Way in Compensation for Eugenic Sterilization Victimsby Emily BeitiksBiopolitical TimesMarch 22nd, 2012Will North Carolina’s efforts to compensate victims of eugenic sterilization encourage other states to follow suit?
At a Crossroads, California’s Stem Cell Agency Ponders a Future Without Taxpayer Support[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Alicia ChangWashington PostMarch 18th, 2012Eight years have passed since the creation of California's stem cell agency, and the legacy CIRM will leave remains unclear.
SynBioWatch to Hold Public Discussion on Synthetic Biology Risksby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMarch 16th, 2012A social and environmental justice coalition, SynbioWatch, will hold a public meeting to discuss the possible dangers associated with synthetic biology.
California's Dark Legacy of Forced Sterilizationsby Elizabeth Cohen and John BonifieldCNNMarch 15th, 2012North Carolina's recent confrontation with its eugenic history raises the question: Will California move to confront its own eugenic history?
Illegal Surrogacy Operation the "Tip of the Iceberg"by Emily BeitiksBiopolitical TimesMarch 6th, 2012The accomplices in the surrogacy scandal have been sentenced. What have we learned about preventing further abuses in the surrogacy industry?
Surrogacy Lawyer Theresa Erickson Pleads Guiltyby Julie WatsonAssociated PressFebruary 25th, 2012Theresa Erickson, the ringleader of the recent baby-selling scheme, has been sentenced to 5 months in prison and 9 months of home confinement.
California’s Stem Cell Agency “Stacks the Deck” at a Key Hearing by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 24th, 2012A meaningful review of the stem cell program by the Institute of Medicine could make an important contribution to needed changes at the agency.
Stacking the Deck on the Stem-Cell Programby Michael HiltzikLos Angeles TimesJanuary 21st, 2012The Institute of Medicine is poised to receive a one-sided picture of California's stem-cell program in their upcoming review.
A New Bay Area Lab Will Focus on Synthetic Biologyby Jeff Conant, Biopolitical Times guest contributorJanuary 19th, 2012Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, DOE, and UC Berkeley’s new Bay Area bio-lab is creeping into the news. But what’s the untold story?
Mercury News editorial: Stem-Cell Institute Should Take a Bow (Out)by Mercury News EditorialSan Jose Mercury NewsDecember 17th, 2011It would be wrong to ask for more public financing from California.
Ethics Concerns about Geron's Exit from the Stem Cell Businessby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 15th, 2011Some stem-cell scientists and bioethicists are critical of Geron's early termination of a clinical trial and willingness to include one last patient.
Hoping for Cures, Supporters May Back Another Ballot Measure for Stem Cell Agencyby Steve JohnsonSan Jose Mercury NewsDecember 8th, 2011California's $3 billion taxpayer-financed stem cell agency still has no treatments on the market and is now at a critical juncture that could determine how much longer it stays in operation.
Surrogacy Broker in “Baby-Selling Ring” Sent to Prison by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesDecember 7th, 2011The first of three women who created an "inventory of babies" and sold them at high prices has been sentenced.
Lawyer in Baby-Selling Ring Sentencedby Greg MoranSign On San DiegoDecember 1st, 2011The first of three women who pleaded guilty to running an international baby-selling ring was sentenced Thursday to one year in custody by a federal judge.
Bay Area Local News Reports on Asian Egg Marketby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesNovember 17th, 2011Demand is high for young Asian women willing to provide their eggs for other people’s fertility treatment.
Geron Quits the Embryonic Stem Cell Industryby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 16th, 2011Geron has cancelled its clinical trial of a stem-cell treatment for spinal cord injuries, raising questions about the future of the company and the industry.
The Life Penalty: Sterilizing Californiaby Kris PickelCBS SacramentoNovember 10th, 2011From 1909 to 1964, California laws not only allowed for, but also expanded, the practice of sterilization, where people were forced to undergo the procedure for a wide range of reasons.
Lab Fight Raises U.S. Security Issuesby Jennifer GollanNew York TimesOctober 22nd, 2011Biosafety expert Paul Rabinow resigned from the UC Berkeley-led Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, and asserted that the Center is not doing enough to prevent a biological disaster.
DNA Forensics: Setting the (Fool’s) Gold Standardby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 13th, 2011Emerging DNA forensic techniques require urgent scientific and legal scrutiny.
A Campaign to Allow a Market in Women's Eggs for a New Kind of Cloning Researchby Pete ShanksOctober 7th, 2011An article about a new approach to cloning research was published this week, along with a coordinated and obviously political effort to encourage paying women to undergo egg extraction for research.
New Details Emerge in Baby-Selling Scamby Greg MoranSign On San DiegoOctober 5th, 2011Three women who have pleaded guilty to conspiracy in an illegal baby-selling scheme also defrauded a state health care program and illegally distributed fertility drugs to aid the scam.
Stem Cells Update: Clinical Trials, Possible Funds, Long-Range Visions and Short-Term Scamsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 29th, 2011Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are edging back into the spotlight, with some tentatively hopeful news, and some schemes, visions, government money and possible scams.
Noteworthy Victory Against Genetic Discrimination Goes Unnoticed by Emily BeitiksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 8th, 2011The California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act has now been signed into law, but press coverage has been non-existent.
California Governor Signs Padilla Bill to Prevent Genetic Discrimination – Unruh Civil Rights Act Modernized to Reflect 21st Centuryby Valeria GottenCalifornia NewswireSeptember 7th, 2011California Senate Bill 559, a landmark civil rights protection bill, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday night.
A Noteworthy Victory against Genetic Discriminationby Emily BeitiksBiopolical TimesAugust 24th, 2011The California State Senate approved a bill by Senator Alex Padilla, making genetic discrimination illegal and expanding upon federal protections.
Surrogacy and Baby-Selling: Latest Fertility Industry Scandal by Marcy DarnovskyRH Reality CheckAugust 19th, 2011Prominent surrogacy lawyers plead guilty to setting up a baby-selling ring centered in California and the Ukraine, lying to clients and surrogates, and defrauding the state of California.
California court deems DNA collection from arrestees unconstitutionalby Emily StehrBiopolical TimesAugust 18th, 2011A California appellate court has ruled that a voter-approved measure to collect DNA from arrestees is unconstitutional.
Surrogacy Scandal Raises Question About Regulationby Julie WatsonAssociated PressAugust 11th, 2011Renowned surrogacy lawyer Theresa Erickson was working the system to become an international baby broker, running a birthing factory out of the Ukraine that duped at least a dozen American couples into paying $150,000 for children they thought were being adopted legally.
Is Public Health and Safety Being Considered in the Construction of LBNL's New Biolab in Berkeley?by Jeremy Gruber, Tina Stevens, and Becky McClainThe Berkeley Daily PlanetAugust 8th, 2011Experiments at the planned UC Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute raise concerns about worker safety, public health and environmental safety.
DNA: Law requiring arrestees' samples struck downby Bob EgelkoSan Francisco ChronicleAugust 5th, 2011A California appeals court has struck down a voter-approved law requiring police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony.
California agency: Little cells, big salary[Editorial]Los Angeles TimesJuly 7th, 2011The big paycheck of the state's stem cell research agency chief is disturbing, particularly because it's a time when most state agencies are making radical cutbacks.
Is the Future of Patient-Managed Health Records Now a Thing of the Past? by Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJuly 7th, 2011It seems that while consumers enjoy updating their relationship status, uploading photos of themselves, and playing online games, they find updating prescriptions and sharing X-rays to be quite a bore.
New Chair for California Stem Cell Agencyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 29th, 2011By a narrow margin, the CIRM board elected financier Jonathan Thomas as Chair, provoking significant criticism over his huge salary.
Investment banker chosen to head state stem cell agencyby Keith DarceSign On San DiegoJune 22nd, 2011An oversight committee of California’s $3 billion stem cell research institute selected Los Angeles investment banker and attorney Jonathan Thomas to be its new chairman.
Nadya Suleman doctor asks court to retain medical licenseby Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles TimesJune 21st, 2011The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who helped Nadya Suleman give birth to octuplets is asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to protect his medical license from revocation.
Eight Babies and the End of a Doctor's Careerby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 15th, 2011Fertility specialist Dr. Michael Kamrava lost his license to practice medicine for repeated negligence involving three patients, including the mother of octuplets.
California medical board revokes license of 'Octomom' doctorby Rong-Gong Lin II and Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times June 2nd, 2011Dr. Michael Kamrava "did not exercise sound judgment" in implanting Nadya Suleman with 12 embryos, the medical board ruled. His handling of two other patients was also cited.
California stem cell czar offered top pay, asked to name job description by Katie Worth San Francisco ExaminerMay 29th, 2011Exactly what the new leader’s salary will be — and just as importantly, what his role will be — has deeply divided the leadership of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
California officials nominate new board chairman for stem cell agencyby Eryn BrownLos Angeles TimesMay 20th, 2011California Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Gov. Jerry Brown today nominated Jonathan Thomas to succeed Robert Klein as chairman of the governing board.
State to double crime searches using family DNAby Maura DolanThe Los Angeles TimesMay 9th, 2011California's success in using 'familial searching' spurs Attorney General Kamala Harris to increase funding for the controversial genetic sleuthing technique in rape, murder and cold cases.
DNA Databases and Familial Searching: Handle with Careby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 24th, 2011The second California arrest after familial DNA matching should raise more questions, and provoke more discussion, than it so far has.
Family DNA tracking leads to sex-assault suspectby Henry K. LeeSan Francisco Chronicle March 15th, 2011A suspect in a 2008 sexual assault of a Santa Cruz coffee-shop worker has been arrested through familial searching.
State stem cell firm uses tax dollars for nonpublic campuses[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Katie WorthSan Francisco ExaminerFebruary 20th, 2011The Institute's bill for PR is also being called into question, in a time when public resources are especially scarce.
Feds to Pay States to Expand Forensic DNA Databases?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 26th, 2011A newly introduced bill would incentivize states to expand the collection of DNA from people arrested for certain crimes, before trial let alone conviction.
Twists and Turns in California Stem Cell Leadershipby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 14th, 2010The position of Chairman at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has become embroiled in controversy.
Questions raised over candidate for stem cell chairman by Jack DolanThe Los Angeles TimesDecember 2nd, 2010Alan Bernstein is under consideration to be the California agency's next chairman, a post that comes with one of the state's highest paychecks.
With a review pending, the state's stem cell agency looks for new leadership, new therapies and more money[Op-Ed]by David JensenThe Sacramento BeeNovember 28th, 2010Retired newsman David Jensen comments on California's stem cell agency.
Questions Over California’s Newborn Screening Programby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesNovember 24th, 2010KTVU ran a special report last week on California’s newborn screening program. The report highlights the extent to which parents are unaware that the bloodspot card is kept on file by the state. Indefinitely.
California ruling backs police use of DNA from discarded cigaretteby Denny WalshThe Sacramento BeeNovember 23rd, 2010The court ruled that a suspect in a criminal investigation has no expectation of privacy in a discarded item, and a DNA test of the item is not an unconstitutional search.
Whodunit? by Jessica CerretaniBoston GlobeOctober 29th, 2010Family members' DNA may lead investigators to the answers, but using it as a forensic technique brings up some troubling questions.
Women's Eggs for Research: Without Payment? by Susanne Schultz, Biopolitical Times guest contributorBiopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2010Despite California rules, researchers are already making plans to acquire eggs using models that involve indirect payments.
Investigative Report: "Bring Your Genes to Cal"[Interviews CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]September 24th, 2010CalTV's Reena Flores explores the controversy behind this year's On the Same Page Program, hosted by UC Berkeley's College of Letters & Science.
Court backs DNA testing as condition of federal bailby Denny Walsh Sacramento BeeSeptember 15th, 2010A California court OK's DNA testing of charged defendants released on bail but not yet been convicted.
Tempest in a spit cup [Cites CGS]by Robert SandersUC Berkeley Media RelationsSeptember 10th, 2010This week, UCB's "On the Same Page" features a keynote address and the first of several panels and lectures this Fall.
DNA test flip-flop stirs debate at UC[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Victoria ColliverSan Francisco Chronicle August 28th, 2010Changes in "Send Your Genes to Cal" program provoke further discussion.
Class Cancelled: Media Coverage of UC Berkeley’s Retreat on Gene Testsby Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesAugust 26th, 2010Two weeks after UC Berkeley backed away from its widely criticized “Bring Your Genes to Cal” program, controversy continues.
Marin Voice: Student guinea pigs at Cal?[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds and Marcy Darnovsky] [Opinion]by Alan MillerThe Marin Independent JournalAugust 23rd, 2010The best of plans do often go astray. Data from this study could be good for the university, but not end up serving the best interests of the students.
The $3 Billion Question: Kids, Scientists and CIRM[Opinion]by David JensenThe California Stem Cell ReportAugust 22nd, 2010Given the shortage of cash, should California fund stem stem research or schools?
Wider Debate Swirls Over Ruling That Curtailed Berkeley's DNA Programby Josh KellerThe Chronicle of Higher EducationAugust 19th, 2010Some researchers fear that the health department's position on the Berkeley project could have broader implications for academic research in California
UCal Berkeley Pulls Back Freshman Gene Tests[Quotes CGS's Richard Hayes and Jesse Reynolds]GenomeWebAugust 13th, 2010The University of California at Berkeley will significantly modify its plan to run genetic tests on 5,000 incoming freshmen
UC-Berkeley Drops Part Of DNA Testing Program [Mp3 audio][Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Sarah VarneyNPR Morning EditionAugust 13th, 2010The University of California, Berkeley is dropping part of the program to comply with state health regulations.
UC Berkeley waters down DNA testing[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Victoria ColliverSan Francisco ChronicleAugust 13th, 2010Under pressure from state public health officials, UC Berkeley today said it will not allow participating students to receive personal results.
UC Berkeley drops plans to release personal genetic information to incoming freshmen[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Lisa KriegerSan Jose Mercury NewsAugust 12th, 2010The University of California Berkeley has dropped plans to release personal genetic information to incoming freshmen.
UCB Genetic Testing Program Altered After Decision By State Officials[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]KTVU / Bay City NewsAugust 12th, 2010A genetic testing program at the University of California, Berkeley will not include personalized results due to a decision by the state's Department of Public Health.
UC Berkeley drops part of gene-scanning program[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Marcus WohlsenAssociated PressAugust 12th, 2010University officials said they would abide by state finding that the voluntary gene scans must be treated as medical diagnostic tests.
Campus DNA Testing Program Will Not Release Individual Results[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Emma AndersonThe Daily CalAugust 12th, 2010UC Berkeley's controversial plan to test incoming freshman's DNA will no longer give provide individual students with their results
UC officials to explain DNA testing program for freshmen[Cites CGS]by Laurel RosenhallSacramento BeeAugust 10th, 2010A legislative hearing today will examine a controversial UC Berkeley program in which new students are being asked to spit in a tube so the university can test their DNA.
Stem Cell Education and Hypeby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 4th, 2010The embryonic stem cell lobby seems to be making a concerted effort to promote their technology.
Growing controversy over UC Berkeley's gene testing programby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesAugust 4th, 2010A California legislative committee will investigate the program, while more troubling facts are revealed.
Berkeley attracts DNA samples -- and political heatby Matt KrupnickContra Costa TimesAugust 3rd, 2010State lawmakers are turning up the heat on the campus, which solicited swabs of cheek cells from 5,500 incoming freshmen and transfer students this summer.
ACLU says California DNA law violates privacyby Bob EgelkoSan Francisco ChronicleJuly 14th, 2010The American Civil Liberties Union told a court that the government should not be allowed to take the "genetic blueprint" of someone who hasn't been convicted of a crime.
"Octomom" doctor accused of implanting 7 embryosby Shaya Tayefe MohajerAssociated PressJuly 14th, 2010Dr. Michael Kamrava's procedure allegedly leads to the death of a fetus
Familial Searching Hits The Spotlightby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJuly 14th, 2010Controversial familial searches in forensic DNA databases helped lead to the arrest of a serial killer known as the ‘Grim Sleeper.’
Prop 71 mastermind proposes another ballot measureby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJuly 13th, 2010The primary force behind the California stem cell agency asserts that the public should give it even more funds.
Medicine agency stays immune to budget cuts[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Katie WorthSan Francisco ExaminerJuly 11th, 2010The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has not faced the budget cuts other programs in California have encountered.
California Legislators' Effort to Prevent Student DNA Testing Could Come Too Lateby Ferris JabrScientific AmericanJuly 9th, 2010A new bill is designed to halt Berkeley's controversial genetic testing project.
‘Grim Sleeper’ Arrest Fans Debate on DNA Useby Jennifer SteinhauerThe New York Times July 8th, 2010The arrest of the “Grim Sleeper” has put one of the hottest controversies in American law enforcement to its first major test.
Universities Bank on Stem-Cell Research[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]by Robert A. GuthWall Street JournalJuly 1st, 2010Bay Area universities and research groups are betting they can spawn a new generation of medical breakthroughs and the next growth engine for the region's biotechnology industry.
California Legislation on UC Berkeley Gene Testingby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 29th, 2010The state legislature may halt the controversial gene testing program at the University of California, Berkeley.
California stem cell agency bars public from meeting on eggsby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 23rd, 2010The CIRM can ill afford to be perceived as closed to public participation.
Bending the Rules in Californiaby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 16th, 2010Susanne Schultz recently investigated two organizations which may be skirting California's laws prohibiting payments to women to provide eggs for stem cell research.
The dangers of growing DNA databasesby Osagie K. ObasogieLos Angeles TimesApril 9th, 2010The practice of retaining genetic samples from people arrested for a crime but not convicted is growing in the U.S. It has serious human rights implications.
Patricia Williams on DNA Databasesby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesApril 6th, 2010In her latest column for The Nation, Columbia Law Professor Patricia Williams offers an insightful critique of a burgeoning law enforcement practice: taking and retaining DNA samples from individuals arrested for a crime regardless of whether they are ever charged or convicted.
Stem cell agency draws Capitol scrutiny – againby John HowardCapitol WeeklyMarch 18th, 2010Lawmakers - again -- are questioning the operations and culture of the state's stem cell program.
LA Times columnist's concerns over CIRM echo our ownby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 3rd, 2010One of the most prominent political commentators in the state has again taken on California's controversial stem cell research program.
Legal Updates: DNA Databases, Human Gene Patents, Octomom’s Doctorby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJanuary 17th, 2010The past few weeks have seen a number of legal developments involving reproductive and genetic technologies.
California's Proposition 71 Failure [Editorial]Investor's Business DailyJanuary 12th, 2010Five years after a budget-busting $3 billion was allocated to embryonic stem cell research, there have been no cures, no therapies and little progress.
California board accuses octuplets doctor of negligenceby Kimi YoshinoLos Angeles TimesJanuary 8th, 2010Dr. Michael Kamrava stockpiled embryos and failed to assess Nadya Suleman's mental health, panel says.
Judge allows DNA sampling for felony arresteesby Bob EgelkoSan Francisco ChronicleDecember 24th, 2009A federal judge refused to block a voter-approved California law requiring anyone arrested on a felony charge to provide DNA samples.
Two New Publications from Generations Aheadby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2009Reports from convenings on DNA forensics and communities of color, and on discussions among disability rights and reproductive rights and justice advocates.
Beauty, Brains, and Eggs [Video][Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]KCETDecember 18th, 2009Los Angeles's public television station examines the big and mostly unregulated business of egg donation.
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