21. July 2011 20:52
Your knowledge of in vitro fertilization and multiple embryo transfers might begin and end at the case of Nadya Suleman, aka "Octomom." Perhaps you first learned of commercial surrogacy through Baby Mama, the 2008 comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Or maybe you have already committed to memory the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's broad definition of ART as "all fertility treatments in which both eggs and sperm are handled." Whether you fall into either of these extremes or (more likely) between them, you probably haven’t considered (or are even aware of) the many ethical issues raised by reproductive technologies. From surrogacy and egg donation, to prenatal genetic diagnosis and reproductive “tourism,” the new issue of GeneWatch magazine-now available online-digs deep into this complex issue with exclusive interviews including Debora Spar, author of The Baby Business, and a variety of essays by experts in the field from around the world.
The issue also includes a feature section on recent attempts at linking genes and criminal behavior, with penetrating essays by Troy Duster and Kenneth Weiss; an exclusive discussion on public safety concerns surrounding the construction of a synthetic biology lab in Berkeley, California; and the latest updates on everything from gene patents to the AquaBounty genetically engineered salmon saga.
Try GeneWatch for free online now at www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org.