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June 24, 2013


Your Genes Not for Sale

The Supreme Court, in denying Myriad the ability to patent human genes, has reaffirmed that some discoveries are inventions worthy of private ownership and others are simply part of the laws of nature.

May 23, 2013


Fetal Anomalies, Undue Burdens, and 20-week Abortion Bans

20-week abortions bans scale back late-term abortions despite ample evidence that fetal anomalies, particularly those that are lethal, are detected between 18-24 weeks, forcing women to carry nonviable fetuses to term at their own peril.

May 15, 2013


Software Patents: Separating Rhetoric from Facts

Software patents are increasingly prominent in the digital economy, but a dive into the data suggests we may not yet have figured out the right balance of quantity and quality.

May 10, 2013

Getting Innovative with Regional Innovation Funding

Amidst the president’s national “Jobs and Opportunity Tour,” the Commerce Department quietly unrolled an innovative platform to support creative coordination among technology, trade, training, and economic growth in America’s regions.

April 26, 2013


On the Ethics of Publishing Genomes

A story that began in 1951 and continues to play out today reminds us that it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to guarantee the long-term confidentiality of genetic information.


The ‘Broader Impacts’ of Sequestration on Science

The budget sequestration is raising interesting questions about the purpose of science, in particular, on whether the pursuit of scientific knowledge can ever be usefully separated from the question of larger societal concerns.

April 19, 2013


Equity Crowdfunding: Boost for Innovation or Haven for Scams?

Equity crowdfunding presents great potential for some entrepreneurs to more smoothly navigate the valley of death and drive innovation, and examples from Europe suggest that effective safeguards against fraud are possible.

April 2, 2013


The Dollars And Science of Fishery Management

Sound fisheries management requires sound science, and sound science costs money. With a major piece of fisheries legislation up for reauthorization, Congress is set to decide whether or not adequate funding is available to ensure America’s fisheries can be enjoyed by future generations.

March 29, 2013


Science and the Public Square

Why does science so often drive irksome political debates? It could be the way science helps us better understand the boundary of what activities ought to be considered “public,” and therefore an appropriate object of government regulation, and what is “private.”

March 25, 2013


Future Choices II

Despite the increasing popularity, sophistication, and availability of assisted reproductive technologies, the rights and responsibilities surrounding those who take part in these processes are still largely undefined.