|Baby Boom: Indian Women Giving Birth to U.S. Babies, CBS NewsApril 10th, 2013A lot of businesses go to India for inexpensive labor and it turns out American couples are doing the same. One village has become a center for cut-rate surrogacy, offering young women who will be carrying babies to term.|
|The Throwaways, GuernicaMarch 1st, 2013In Kenya, doctors are force-sterilizing HIV-positive women—in some cases, without their knowledge.|
|Yes, Virginia, Your Reproductive Rights Are Compromised , Huffington 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.
|Inside China’s Genome FactorySequencing a complete human genome may soon cost less than an iPhone. Will BGI-Shenzhen decode yours? , Technology ReviewFebruary 11th, 2013BGI-Shenzhen has become the world’s most prolific sequencer of human, plant, and animal DNA. So far, it claims to have completely sequenced some 50,000 human genomes — far more than any other group.|
|French Gay Marriage Plans Stir Parenthood Debate, NPRJanuary 31st, 2013The president's promise to legalize gay marriage was seen as relatively uncontroversial when it first came up, but the news reopened a raw national debate on fertility treatments, surrogacy and adoption. |
|Transparency is the VictimThe HinduJanuary 27th, 2013In the absence of effective oversight of assisted reproduction practices, some medical institutions in Delhi are flouting medical and ethical rules with aplomb.|
|Is Egg Donation Dangerous?, MaisonneuveJanuary 21st, 2013About five hundred egg donations take place in Canada every year, and experts say the process is very safe. But some donors face serious health problems—and doctors may be underestimating the risks.|
|Privacy Fear for DNA Dragnet, Stuff (New Zealand)January 20th, 2013A district court judge who is a world expert in forensic DNA has called for a public debate on the use of familial DNA testing, saying it raises serious privacy issues and has the potential to subject entire families to life-long genetic surveillance. |
|More Female Fetuses Aborted in Europe, DWJanuary 7th, 2013Sex selection is not just a problem confined to China and India: New statistics show skewed sex ratios in favor of boys in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.|
|Rape in India: A Result of Sex Selection?
, TimeJanuary 4th, 2013Behind the angry protests over the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student is an even deeper story: the preference for male babies in India and much of the world may be at the root of this senseless violence.
|As a Girl in India, I Learned to Be Afraid of Men, The AtlanticJanuary 4th, 2013Sex-selective abortion, female infanticide and the sheer neglect of girls have made for a growing gender gap in India. In the wake of the brutal gang rape of a young paramedical student in Delhi, Indian citizens have taken to the streets to show their outrage. |
|RNL Bio Smuggled Out Stem Cells, The Korea TimesJanuary 3rd, 2013RNL Bio sent 15.5 billion won worth of stem cells to hospitals in China and Japan on 860 different occasions from November 2008 through July 2012 without reporting the shipments.|
|DNA Forensics Update , Biopolitical 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.|
|European Society of Human Genetics Reprimands Myriad Genetics, Biopolitical TimesNovember 7th, 2012Myriad Genetics claims its research data is a trade secret as it pushes for a stronger presence in the European genetic testing market. Experts' responses reflect the ideological divide in the ongoing challenge to Myriad's BRCA gene patents.|
|Stem-Cell Fraud Hits Febrile Field, NatureOctober 16th, 2012As Hisashi Moriguchi's heart-treatment claims collapse, observers warn about the febrile nature of the iPS-cell field and caution against a rush to the clinic.
|Study Finds Birth Defects Down Among IVF Babies, ReutersSeptember 28th, 2012Scientists don't know why IVF babies have an increased risk of birth defects in the first place. Researchers think the rates may be down because of changes including lower doses of ovarian stimulation medication and increased availability of ART techniques.|
|Sperm Precursor Cells Created in Lab, BioEdgeSeptember 7th, 2012Scientists may soon be able to create artificial sperm from a skin cell. Proponents extol benefits for sterile men; opponents warn of future obsolescence of males.|
|Changes for India’s ART Industry?, Biopolitical TimesAugust 6th, 2012The recent death of a surrogate in India, along with new information about the 2010 death of a 17-year-old who had repeatedly sold her eggs, have built support for regulation of assisted reproduction. A draft bill would provide some safeguards, but Indian women’s health advocates say other provisions “leave much to be desired.”|
|Ethics Schmethics Says Ethicist, Biopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2012The approach of the Olympics sparks the usual flood of pro-enhancement articles, notably an interview with Julian Savulescu. |
|Patients Seek Stem-Cell Compensation, Nature NewsJuly 6th, 2012Six patients in California are suing RNL Bio, one of the world’s largest stem-cell companies, for allegedly misleading them about the effectiveness of its stem-cell treatments.|
|IVF Study Shows One Embryo is Best, ABC NewsJuly 5th, 2012Australian researchers have discovered that the rate of perinatal deaths in IVF can be considerably reduced when only one embryo is used in the fertility treatment.|
|Couples Use IVF to Pick Genes, The AgeJuly 3rd, 2012Fertile women with genes that predispose them to breast and ovarian cancers are using preimplantation genetic diagnosis to select embryos without the genes.|
|More Scandals in South Korea, Biopolitical TimesJune 8th, 2012Fresh accusations of stem-cell fraud, whose full extent is yet unknown, are rocking South Korea and threatening to damage the nation's reputation again. |
|Stem Cell Banking: The Newest Lure in Medical TourismArab princes and U.S. celebrities fly in for futuristic bio-care at Seoul "Life Center" , CNNFebruary 2nd, 2012In a new form of medical tourism, people from around the world are traveling to Seoul for stem cell treatments and to bank their stem cells, hoping that this will one day save their lives. |
|Flap over Designer Sperm in India, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 26th, 2012An ad for sperm from “tall and fair” technology students sparks a debate in India about designer babies.|
|A New Push for Human Cloning in Korea, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 20th, 2012Korean Professor Park Se-pill has confidently announced his intention to clone human embryos and derive stem cells from them, and is even willing to discuss human reproductive cloning.|
|Make Me a Baby As Fast As You CanHow a California surrogacy operation streamlines baby production by implanting clients’ embryos in two Indian surrogates at the same time, SlateJanuary 9th, 2012If for-profit companies are going to continue to approach baby-making like an import-export business, maybe it’s time for governments to start treating it that way, adapting oversight and protections for all parties involved.|
|The Daughter’s ReturnA glimmer of hope in the sad tale of sex-selective abortion in IndiaThe EconomistDecember 31st, 2011Recent evidence suggests that India’s sex ratio at birth swung from 924 females per 1,000 males in 2004-05 to 977 in 2011, a turnaround in favor of girls that breaks with census data.
|Body for Rent, The Financial November 21st, 2011According to doctors' data, surrogacy in Georgia [the country] has increased with the majority of surrogate mothers explaining that money is the most determining factor in their decision.|
|HFEA Triples the Going Rate for Women’s Eggs in UK
, Biopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2011The UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority set new compensation rates for sperm and egg providers that are drastically higher than previously allowed.
|The quest for the perfect baby, Haaretz [Israel]Should parents be able to sue doctors for failing to prevent the birth of a child with a defect? That is a question facing the [Israeli] Supreme Court, which has been asked to recognize 'wrongful birth.' |
|More on the Guatemala Syphilis Scandal, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 1st, 2011The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded its investigation of the horrifying Guatemalan syphilis experiments this week, and began to consider some new regulations.|
|Regulating the "Global Baby", Biopolitical TimesAugust 4th, 2011George Annas analyzes last year's Canadian Supreme Court decision about regulating assisted reproduction, and the implications for the U.S. and other countries.|
|Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines on Outsourcing Clinical Trials, Biopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2011Fault Lines’ Zeina Awad offers a compelling inside look into the questionable business of using vulnerable populations from the developing world to test drugs that will not benefit them and will largely be consumed by Westerners.|
|Pregnant Vietnamese sent home[Thailand], Bangkok PostMay 31st, 2011After a raid by Thai police on a criminal surrogacy operation, Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate on combating human trafficking and providing assistance to its victims.
|Abortions skewing gender ratio[Taiwan], Taipei TimesMay 17th, 2011Taiwan’s gender imbalance trails only South Korea and China in East Asia because of the cultural emphasis on having boys, who can carry the family name.
|Stem Cell Strife in US and EU Courts, Biopolitical TimesMay 11th, 2011Developments in US and European courts regarding funding and oversight of stem cell research have reopened passionate debates.
|ESHRE on Reproductive Tourism: Be Nice, Biopolitical TimesApril 26th, 2011The ESHRE "Good practice guide for cross-border reproductive care" is better on defining issues than solving problems. |
|Profits, Princes and Police DNA Databases, Biopolitical TimesMarch 16th, 2011A new investigation reveals disturbing commercial pressures to establish forensic DNA databases that may go well beyond legal limits in Europe and the US.|
|Criminal Surrogacy Ring Exposed in Thailand, Biopolitical TimesMarch 2nd, 2011Police in Thailand have broken up a criminal operation, apparently based in Taiwan and with an office in Cambodia, that sold the services of Vietnamese women as surrogates.|
|WikiLeaks Raise Genetic Concerns, Biopolitical TimesDecember 2nd, 2010Wiki-leaked documents reveal US government efforts to stockpile DNA from foreign diplomats.
|Europeans Want Regulation for Biotech, Biopolitical TimesNovember 18th, 2010The latest Eurobarometer report on biotechnology shows that Europeans, in general, support medical uses of technology as long as they are carefully regulated.|
|Another Korean Stem Cell Scandal? , Biopolitical TimesNovember 17th, 2010The Korean biotech company best known for trying to sell cloned dogs is now promoting stem cell tourism. It is also allegedly giving Korean lawmakers bargain-rate stem cell treatments in exchange for their help in easing regulations. |
|Habermas Warns of Genetic Claims that Bolster Xenophobia
, Biopolitical TimesNovember 4th, 2010One of the most influential living philosophers uses a New York Times op-ed to caution that "false biological conclusions" are fueling discrimination against Muslim immigrants in Germany.|
|"You Steal, You’re Marked", Biopolitical TimesOctober 21st, 2010New security measures in the Netherlands use location-specific synthetic DNA spray to mark suspects.
|Time to Stop Burying Our Eugenic Histories, Biopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2010Reductionist reports of a woman's recent lawsuit against the state for forcible sterilization indicate a fading consciousness of our society's recent eugenic past.
|International Survey of ART Released, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 23rd, 2010The International Federation of Fertility Societies has just released Surveillance 2010, the 5th edition of a triennial global survey of the assisted reproduction industry.|
|Patent Happenings, Biopolitical TimesJuly 7th, 2010The pace of news on legal challenges to patents on human genes is quickening.
|Made in India, Biopolitical TimesJuly 2nd, 2010Made in India is a newly released documentary that explores India’s reproductive tourism industry through an ethical, social, and feminist lens.
|Tragedy on the Pharm, Biopolitical TimesMay 24th, 2010Cows genetically modified to produce human follicle stimulating hormone died unexpectedly from vastly enlarged ovaries, unleashing a storm of controversy in New Zealand.|
|Inside India's international baby farm, The TimesMay 9th, 2010Childless couples from around the world are travelling to India to have babies by surrogate mothers. They say it’s their last chance and that everyone benefits. Is it a fair trade?|
|'Red Flag' raised at fertility agency, National PostApril 20th, 2010Two respected board members of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada have unexpectedly quit, raising new questions about a three-year-old organization that has yet to fulfill its key role of policing Canada's growing fertility industry.|
|Struggling to Control Fertility Tourism, Biopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2010Several countries are trying to figure out what to do about their citizens who go abroad for assisted reproduction procedures to evade local prohibitions (or just to save money).|
|Selling With Stem Cells, Biopolitical TimesMarch 24th, 2010The Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) is battling biotech companies over "stem cell cosmetics," some of which are already on sale in the U.S.|
|Missing Girls in Asia: Two Frameworks, Biopolitical TimesMarch 11th, 2010What happens when modern reproductive technology enables son preference? Tens of millions of girls have died as young children due to neglect, have been killed as infants, or were never born due to sex-selective abortions.|
|The Motherland Needs ... Clones of Me!, Biopolitical TimesMarch 3rd, 2010Ultra-nationalist Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky objects unsuccessfully to extending the Russian moratorium on reproductive human cloning.|
|UK Feminist Campaign: No2Eggsploitation, Biopolitical TimesDecember 15th, 2009The UK's fertility watchdog agency is considering revoking the rule that limits payments to women who provide eggs for other people's IVF treatment. A network of British feminists objects.|
|Argentina forces dirty war orphans to provide DNA[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], Associated PressNovember 21st, 2009Argentina's Congress has authorized DNA sampling from people who may have been stolen as babies a quarter-century ago from political prisoners and murder victims — even when they don't want to know their birth parents.|
|IP lawyers defend IP, Biopolitical TimesNovember 17th, 2009On human gene patents, intellectual property lawyers in Australia take a firm stance--apparently a stronger position than that of the biotech industry.|
|Hwang is Convicted, Biopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2009Hwang Woo-Suk, the notorious Korean stem-cell and cloning researcher, was given a suspended two-year prison sentence and three years of probation by a Seoul court on Monday.|
|Google Baby, Biopolitical TimesOctober 9th, 2009An Israeli documentary offers an excruciatingly up-close look at India's booming global surrogacy industry.|
|Kiddie Gene Testing in China, Biopolitical TimesAugust 19th, 2009China has a longstanding reputation for identifying children’s talents at an early age in order to focus their training for future productivity. This effort may now be reaching new levels. |
|Pfizer Settles Trovan Suit. Partially. , Biopolitical TimesAugust 10th, 2009There seems to have been at least a partial resolution in Nigeria’s lawsuit against Pfizer for running ethically questionable clinical trials during a meningitis epidemic. |
|Womb for Hire, NewsbreakJune 15th, 2009A growing number of Filipinos wish to rent out their wombs and sell their eggs or sperm, prompting authorities to call for a review of the law against child trafficking.|
|Phantom of Heilbronn Revealed!, Biopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2009Contamination of forensic genetic samples led German police on a 15-year wild goose chase.|
|The impotency of Canada’s fertility laws, National PostFebruary 13th, 2009Five years after the Assisted Human Reproduction Act was implemented, Health Canada has yet to implement regulations that would empower the agency to license and inspect the booming fertility industry.|
|Racism and Genomes, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 9th, 2009A Turkish politician has called for the Turkish President's genome to be analyzed to disprove his ethnic purity.|
|St. Petersburg Times Covers Clinical Trial Outsourcing to India, Biopolitical TimesDecember 31st, 2008When we think of Pulitzer prize winning newspaper series, we often think of the New York Times or The Washington Post. But a new special report in the St. Petersburg Times on clinical trials in the developing world should give the big boys a run for their money next year.|
|Vatican Ethics Guide Stirs ControversyChurch Decries Stem Cell Research, Infertility Treatments, The Washington PostDecember 13th, 2008The Vatican's first authoritative statement on reproductive science in 21 years triggered intense debate yesterday about some of the most contentious issues in modern biological research, including stem cells, designer babies, cloning, and a host of techniques widely used to prevent pregnancy and to help infertile couples have children.|
|ACT, Korean Biotech Form New Stem Cell Joint VentureMass High TechDecember 2nd, 2008Worcester biotech Advanced Cell Technology Inc. and Korean biotech CHA Biotech Co. Ltd. have formed a new stem cell technology development company called Allied Cell Technology, to be based in Worcester. The international joint venture will use ACT’s hemangioblast cell technology to develop human blood cells.|
|Is Singapore pushing the payment boundary?, Biopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2008Singapore is considering permitting financial compensation to donors of eggs for research and of kidneys, but asserts that the amounts will not be large enough to act as an inducement.|
|An Emerging ConsensusHuman Biotechnology Policies Around the World, Science ProgressNovember 6th, 2008The international community is developing policies that support embryonic stem cell research and embryo screening for medical purposes, but oppose human reproductive cloning, embryo screening for non-medical purposes, and genetic “enhancement.”|
|OK to Compensate Egg Donors [Singapore]
Health Ministry backs reimbursement for their loss of time and earnings
, The Straits TimesNovember 5th, 2008Singapore's Ministry of Health supports the principle set by the Bioethics Advisory Committee (BAC) to compensate women who donate their eggs for research for their loss of time and earnings.|
| OK to Rent Womb in India , The Straits TimesOctober 6th, 2008INDIA'S Supreme Court has not only confirmed what everyone already knew, that surrogacy is a commercial industry in the country, but it also ruled that renting a womb is legal.|
|Australia Oversees Cloning-based Stem Cell Research, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 26th, 2008The details of Australia's process for licensing cloning-based stem cell research are reassuring, particularly relative to the US, where the oversight remains remarkably inadequate.|
|In India, Surrogacy Has Become a Global Business, Der SpiegelSeptember 25th, 2008They come from Europe, Asia and America. Couples unable to have their own children are finding a booming market for surrogate motherhood in India. But what happens when a baby is born that suddenly belongs to no one?|
|Surrogacy is soaring in India, Hindustan TimesSeptember 18th, 2008Surrogacy is soaring in India, with the number of surrogate mothers nearly doubling in a year. Besides affluent Indian couples, non-resident Indians and foreigners are heading for India.|