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Cameron Thibos is managing editor of Beyond Trafficking and Slavery.
No to TTIP
Scientific research using stem cells may prevent disease and save lives. But concerns over intellectual property rights and the use of human embryos may block its advance. Can science survive if it becomes privately owned?
Bjorn Lomborgs The Sceptical Environmentalist is guilty of the very faults he ascribes to the green movement: from exaggeration to selective quotation and uncertain logic. In taking pot shots at a caricature, he discredits his own case. Environmentalists have nothing to fear from serious criticism. This is not it.
The morning shave and hair wash was once so simple. But life for a man is getting harder especially when you examine the shampoo bottle.
Mike Ashburner's article 'Privatising our genes' recounts how the race for the human genome raises questions about the forces of scientific advancement and their relationship with both governments and private companies: most urgently, whether patents can be extended into the human genome. Here are some openDemocracy readers' reactions to the story.
Money and power, as well as the passion for knowledge, drove the race to map the human genome. One of the worlds leading geneticists sees lessons for the public realm beyond the laboratory.
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