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Beyond the reach of U.S. law, doctors are changing the way babies are made

Illustrations by Maria Chimishkyan

It’s 10:30 p.m. in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Dr. Valery Zukin is at the hospital with a patient who needs emergency surgery. The patient is 31 weeks pregnant and has intestinal obstruction — a rare complication that’s potentially fatal in pregnant women. …

New guidelines for stem cell and gene therapies miss the mark

This story was originally published in Sex, Drugs, and Biotech in May 2021.


Newly released guidelines from an international stem cell advisory group say that biohackers who want to treat themselves with at-home kits should be better regulated.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Guidelines have been…

It’s all about the blastoids

We have an organ shortage.

People are desperate for organs, but there is no easy way to make more. It would be awesome if we could use a summoning charm (accio membrum?) …

Yes, I started a Substack newsletter.

The weekly email covers issues around assisted reproduction, the pharmaceutical industrial complex, emerging biotechnologies, and everything in between! …

When the End of Life Option Act went into effect in California in 2016, then-Gov. Jerry Brown commented that he felt the state shouldn’t deny anyone seeking a dignified death.

The pandemic has forced too many American families to consider what this means for their loved ones’ own contexts, as…

An outdated law puts a 10-year storage limit on eggs that women froze to preserve their fertility

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At first glance, Sharon Jones doesn’t seem like your everyday political activist.

The 34-year-old’s social media accounts depict the average life of an urban, Western woman: cocktails, sunsets, inspirational quotes, and weddings. …

Illustrations: Seth Thompson

Inside the Transhumanist primaries, where the far-left and the far-right can only agree on one thing: living forever

Johannon Ben Zion joined the first debate wearing a gray tweed suit and an unfashionably wide tie. His shaggy brown hair and muttonchop sideburns curled out from underneath his large black headphones. The first official gathering of the three Transhumanist presidential candidates was to take place via Google Hangout, modered…

Future Human

A diatribe on the folly and privilege of the Transhumanist movement

Illustrations: Matt Huynh

The Transhumanist movement is made up of people of various political leanings. There are those who skew left-of-center, those with a more libertarian mindset, and there are even some who are archly conservative. But they all share a belief that science and technology can be wielded to cheat death. …

Well, moving has been hellish.

I’m now at the end of the second week of this process, and no closer to feeling “moved.” We are very much still in the thick of it, surrounded by unfamiliar things, in an unfamiliar house, in an unfamiliar neighborhood. And I’m not loving it.

Banana bread muffins sans zucchini

This is getting really difficult to keep up with, especially as moving gets closer, and traveling back and forth with a baby across many time zones eats up two days on either end of the trip.

We spent the past eight days at a friend’s house on the South Shore…

Alex Pearlman

Reporter. Bioethicist. Publishing on the intersection of ethics and policy with emerging science and tech. Sorry for the recipes if you’re here for news.

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