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Dov Fox
Dov Fox is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he writes and teaches on the legal implications of advances in science and technology. His scholarship has appeared in leading journals of law, ethics, medicine, politics, and philosophy. Fox holds a B.A. from Harvard, J.D. from Yale, and D.Phil. from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His publications are available at

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The GOP Case Against Stem Cell Research

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 8:30 PM

Republican candidates convened last night for the first debates of the 2016 campaign. The presidential hopefuls disagreed on every topic they faced -- immigration, health care, foreign policy, gay rights, the economy -- all but one, that is. Their differences of opinion disappeared each time they were asked about the...

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Reproductive Malpractice and the U.S. Military

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Written with Alex Stein

It's been a century since the first woman enlisted in a non-nursing role in the United States armed forces. 30 years later, a federal law made women a permanent part of the military. For over a decade now, all branches of the military but...

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Reproducing Race

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 7:07 PM

More than a million children in the U.S. each year are conceived with donated sperm or eggs. Sperm banks and egg vendors offer online ordering and direct shipping of donor materials that prospective parents can shop for based on SAT scores, personality tests, even celebrity likeness....

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Genetic Testing Needs a Nudge

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Mail-away genetic testing promises to revolutionize the way that people learn about and manage their health. Already half a million Americans have sent their saliva to find out their risk of genetic disease -- no doctors needed.

Splashed across TV sets nationwide this past summer was 23andMe's invitation to...

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The Forgotten Holding of Roe v. Wade

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 7:47 PM

Most people identify Roe v. Wade with a single landmark judgment. This is the case that extended the constitutional right of privacy to a woman's decision about whether to keep a pregnancy. Indeed, political, judicial, and scholarly debates about Roe have fixated on the source, content, and legitimacy...

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23andMe's Designer Baby Patent

(9) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 2:29 PM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) this week awarded a patent on "gamete donor selection" to 23andMe, the genetic testing company that sells at-home DNA kits directly to consumers. Patent #8,543,339 grants 23andMe exclusive rights to genetic and computer technologies that would enable prospective...

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The Future of Genetic Privacy

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 8:43 AM

"Junk" DNA assumed a privileged place this summer in the law of criminal procedure.

In Maryland v. King, a majority of the Supreme Court authorized police to take DNA from anyone they arrest, as long as the only part they analyze is the "junk" that doesn't encode...

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Let Low-Risk Gay Men Give Blood

(51) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 12:46 PM

Americans could soon die waiting for the blood they need. Blood supplies are so low this summer that the Red Cross has issued an emergency call for donations and suspension on elective surgeries in several major cities. It isn't just tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings...

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DNA Forensic Error and the Execution of Innocents

(60) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Willie Jerome Manning, a 44-year-old black man, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday for the 1992 kidnapping and murder of white college students Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller in Mississippi. No physical evidence has ever linked Manning to the crime. And the Justice Department has just come...

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The Flawed Logic of Prenatal Discrimination

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 9:32 AM

North Dakota this week enacted three of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Two of them are unlike any that courts in the United States have ever considered.

One bans abortion wholesale after a fetal heartbeat is "detectable" (as early as six weeks into a...

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It's Time for the U.S. to Cover IVF (for Gays and Lesbians Too)

(12) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 10:10 AM

This week the United Kingdom joined the ranks of countries like Israel and Canada that provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to citizens under a certain age (42 in the U.K.) who can't have children without it. That includes gays and lesbians.

When it comes to helping people...

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Greater Disability Protection Doesn't Mean Less Selective Abortion

(19) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Doctors and advocates have recently argued that parents are increasingly willing to bring a pregnancy to term after a positive test for Down syndrome. They explain this change, in part, as the result of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which Congress enacted to fight...

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