Patients, Patents, and Profits in a Genomic Age

When the Human Genome Project started in 1990 there were fewer than 100 genes associated with human diseases. The first genetic mutation (for Huntington’s disease) was identified in 1986, just a few years before the Project started. After more than a decade of technological innovation and about $3.8 billion, a team of scientists across more . . . → Read More: Patients, Patents, and Profits in a Genomic Age

Every silver lining has a cloud

Much of my life revolves around cancer, both professionally and personally. My ongoing research of breast cancer culture and industry that started over a decade ago entails an immersion into the topic that involves incessant reading of medical studies, news articles, advocacy materials, public policies, and personal stories as well as systematic observation, interviewing, writing, . . . → Read More: Every silver lining has a cloud

What's the matter with those sexy breast cancer campaigns?

In a post I wrote for Psychology Today (Nov. 21, 2012) I asked, “Do Sexy Breast Cancer Campaigns Demean Women?” The answer was yes. I identified six sexually objectifying techniques commonly used in breast cancer awareness campaigns to get attention, raise money, and lure people to the Cause.

Use women’s bodies as literal objects (canvases, . . . → Read More: What’s the matter with those sexy breast cancer campaigns?