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'No Más Bebés' and the Continued Pursuit to Control the Bodies of Poor Women of Color in the US

Elena Gutierrez | Posted 02.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Elena Gutierrez

Population control laws like CalWorks adopt an underlying premise that poor women and women of color cannot be trusted to fully control their own reproductive health choices, and that government-sanctioned coercion is an acceptable policy framework.

That Time The United States Sterilized 60,000 Of Its Citizens

Zócalo Public Square | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

Not too long ago, more than 60,000 people were sterilized in the United States based on eugenic laws. Most of these operations were performed before ...

Donald Trump's Call To Ban Muslims Reflects America's Worrisome Past

Michele Goodwin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Donald Trump's political rhetoric has historical resonance--it exposes how our worst fears and anxieties can lead to shameful conduct that not only imposes real costs on "outsiders," but also the American public.

Why the New Gene Editing Technology Matters

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 12.02.2015 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

The biologists have done it again. Not so long ago it was cloning and embryonic stem cells that challenged moral imagination. These days all eyes are ...

Ethics of Genetic Screening in 'Tomcat': What Trade Offs Are We Ready to Make to Live in a World Free From Illness?

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Silvia Camporesi

A girl of 12, Jessie (Jessica), carrying the genetics marker of psychopathy, is the protagonist of the play "Tomcat", written by James Rushbrooke and showing at Southwark Playhouse in London.

On Killer Apes, Naked Apes, and Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.02.2015 | Science
Hippo Reads

Is biology destiny? Do our genes determine who we are and what we're capable of? What does the mere idea that they might mean for politics and policy? A lot, it turns out.

Observations From Below: A Story Worth Retelling

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

It terrifies me. It saddens me. It angers me. Me, as a person. Me, as an advocate. I am not and never will be an "it."

Genome Editing: Time to Ask the Tough Questions

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

"What are the moral implications of genome editing?" is the question that has been posed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the new CRISPR-Cas9 mediated germ-line genome editing technique, which allows targeted modification of DNA sequences at the level of the germ-line, i.e. gametes (eggs and sperm).

The American People: Larry Kramer's Blistering Magnum Opus

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

The American People is predictably commanding and passionate, its insights are stunning and endless, its narrative consistently compelling. But how much of the history it recreates is true?

Review: Rage to Redemption in the Sterilization Age

Byron Williams | Posted 05.23.2015 | Books
Byron Williams

The macabre practice of eugenics is most commonly associated with Nazi Germany. But as John Railey, the editorial page editor of the Winston-Salem Journal, dispassionately demonstrates in his new book, Rage to Redemption in the Sterilization Age, it is a profoundly American enterprise. Make no mistake: This is a difficult read, and it should be.

Virginia Once Involuntarily Sterilized 7,000 People. Now The Victims Are Finally Getting Compensated.

AP | BILL SIZEMORE | Posted 02.26.2015 | Crime

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lewis Reynolds didn't understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg m...

Bad-Boy Scientism

Pete Shanks | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Pete Shanks

Austen Heinz of Cambrian Genomics has been trolling hard lately. That is, he's been spouting provocative opinions to get attention. And it seems to be working, from his point of view.

Why Do Some People Dismiss the Importance of Genealogy? One Word: Eugenics

Christine Kenneally | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Christine Kenneally

While it is true that dark currents once flowed through our questions about who we come from, darkness is not integral to the activity.

Hanukah Swastika Gift Wrap Dilemma: What it Teaches About Race

Khanh Ho | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Khanh Ho

So as I see it, if you are trying to get rid of this symbol, you need to recognize that it is not something from the outside that must be extinguished and pushed away. Rather, it is at the heart of our own culture.

Let's (Cautiously) Celebrate the "New Eugenics"

Jon Entine | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science
Jon Entine

Modern eugenic aspirations are not about the draconian top-down measures promoted by the Nazis and their ilk. Instead of being driven by a desire to "improve" the species, new eugenics is driven by our personal desire to be as healthy, intelligent and fit as possible.

Katy Hall

Why Medical Conspiracy Theories Are Here To Stay

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living

Nearly half of Americans embrace some type of medical conspiracy theory, according to a study published this year by the University of Chicago. So it'...

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

Fertility Clinic Tells Woman She Can't Use Sperm Donor From Another Race

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

UPDATE: July 29 -- On Monday, the fertility clinic released a statement to The Calgary Herald, saying that patients have had the option to choose a s...

Deadline Looms For Victims Of Forced Sterilization Program

AP | JEROME BAILEY Jr. | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program are facing a Monday deadline to file a claim to receive payment from t...

Man's 'No-Brainer' Plea Deal Includes Vasectomy Requirement

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to reduce his prison term by up to fi...

Information Overload

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
William E. White

We can educate our children by rote, but we will surely lose the future unless we embrace our enlightenment heritage of reason, logic, and innovation.

Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why did a self-described white supremacist target apparent white people at Jewish community centers? The answer is quite simple: Though Jewish people are members of every so-called "race," even Jews of European heritage have been and still continue to be "racially" othered by dominant, Christian-European-heritage communities.

Can One Cordon Off Evil Ideas From Art and Science?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

It is difficult, to be sure, how to gauge the utility of beautiful things that are brought into the world from repugnant minds.

Rand Paul's Gattaca Adventure

Steven Conn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If Senator Paul were one of my students I could help him sort out the history that he got so wrong in his plagiarized speech, history which has been overshadowed by the plagiarism itself.

If This Is What 2016 Is Going to Look Like, the GOP Is in Big Trouble

Jason Sattler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

If Cuccinelli were leading in polls -- even his own poll -- appealing to the far right with abstruse arguments that have almost no appeal to swing voters probably wouldn't be a very good idea with only eight days until the election.