Alex Pearlman

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…

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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

JJohannon 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

Illustrations: Matt Huynh

TThe 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. …

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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