Monthly Archives: March 2011

Doogie Howser Mice

While researching how discourse frames designer babies, I found an apt example of a literal designer baby: twins, in fact. The fashion maven and darling of designers, Sarah Jessica Parker, and husband Matthew Broderick, had twin girls via a surrogate, … Continue reading


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Same Old, Same Old

Over the weekend I saw the animated film Rango featuring Johnny Depp and a flock of critters who carve out a town in the desert, literally thirsting for water. Depp’s performance is subtle, funny and well-honed. But that’s where the … Continue reading

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Long Life, Short Life

When I heard about Americans buying fistfuls of iodine tablets to stave of the effects of radiation poisoning I wondered: are these the same folks who refuse to immunize their children against childhood diseases?

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Ethical Dilemmas and Designer Babies

I’ve been polishing a manuscript about my specialty: how we communicate about science, and took a look at how we talk about designer babies. I recently learned that some parents do indeed have an opportunity to select some embryos over … Continue reading

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Revisiting Authenticity

It’s one thing to write about someone else’s fakery, but it’s another to ignore your own.

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Authenticity and Hollywood

The Oscars generated feelings of authenticity for me, although, to be truthful, I am often consumed with issues of authenticity.

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