What Makes a Jewish Mother

by jeeg 5. June 2013 20:42
I was 42 when my husband and I began trying to have a child. Three years later, I finally accepted it wasn’t going to happen naturally. We narrowed our options to two: use eggs donated by another woman, or adopt. We visited a couple who had adopted two children to learn more. As we talked about the lawyer they used, the cost, the probability that the birth mother would change her mind, all I could think about was something the mother told me when we arrived. She said her son, now 9,... [More]

New Book from the Council for Responsible Genetics: "Biotechnology in our Lives"

by jeeg 4. June 2013 20:21
    “Important essays on one of the most important topics of our time. If you want to understand the 21st century, this is a good place to start!” (Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College)   For more than a quarter of a century, the Council for Responsible Genetics’ GeneWatch magazine has provided a unique historical lens into the modern history, science, ethics, and politics of genetic technologies.  Now, to commemor... [More]

CRG Statement: Supreme Court Ruling Fails to Protect the Privacy of Americans' DNA

by jeeg 4. June 2013 19:03
The US Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Maryland’s law allowing law enforcement to collect DNA upon arrest and prior to conviction fails to protect the privacy of Americans’ DNA and is a serious blow to human rights in the United States. In Maryland v King the Court has now carved out a dangerous exception to the bedrock principle of fourth amendment jurisprudence in this country that requires police have probable cause to believe that a suspect has committed a cr... [More]

Court’s DNA Ruling Brings U.S. a Step Closer to ’Gattaca’

by jeeg 4. June 2013 00:20
  The day that DNA cheek swabs officially became the new fingerprints deserves to be marked and remembered -- and not just because of the inevitable march of technology. No, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 holding today in Maryland v. King, that anyone arrested for a “serious crime” can have his or her DNA taken without any suspicion, is a landmark because it represents a major step toward a “Gattaca” world. This means that evidence of a crime can be collected w... [More]

In a close 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court comes out on the wrong side of history allowing taking of DNA upon arrest

by jeeg 3. June 2013 20:47
Routine DNA Testing After Arrest Upheld by Top U.S. Court States can routinely collect DNA samples from people who are arrested for a serious crime, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled, limiting privacy rights and giving police a powerful investigative tool for solving old crimes.   The justices, voting 5-4, reinstated Alonzo Jay King Jr.’s conviction for a 2003 Maryland rape, a crime police solved only by matching DNA collected from King when he was arrested on an unrelated a... [More]
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