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Innovation and Equity in an Age of Gene Editingby Charis Thompson, Ruha Benjamin, Jessica Cussins and Marcy DarnovskyThe GuardianMay 19th, 2015As experts gather in Atlanta to discuss the rights and wrongs of editing human genomes, four of the attendees explain why it is vital to put social justice at the heart of the debate.
23andMe’s Dangerous Business Modelby Marcy DarnovskyThe New York TimesMarch 2nd, 2015Handing over reams of our genetic, health and personal information to companies like 23andMe – and paying them for the privilege – is far from the only path to scientific advance.
Britain is on the Brink of a Perilous Vote for 'Three-Person In Vitro Fertilization'by Marcy Darnovsky and Jessica CussinsLos Angeles TimesFebruary 8th, 2015Crossing this threshold raises a profound societal question that until now has been hypothetical: As biotechnologies improve and enable us to make more specific genetic changes in our offspring, how far will we go?


Extreme Genetic Engineering and the Human FutureReclaiming Emerging Biotechnologies for the Common GoodThe Center for Genetics and Society and Friends of the Earth examine the human applications of synthetic biology. This 50-page report challenges claims that this new set of genetic engineering techniques should be seen as "the future of manufacturing, engineering and medicine."
CGS Letter to the FDA on Mitochondrial TransferThe Center for Genetics and Society's letter regarding the FDA's February 25-26 public meeting to discuss the advisability of a technique that would modify the human germline.
Responsible Federal Oversight of the New Human Biotechnologies: Opportunities for the New Administration [PDF] The Center for Genetics and Society's recommendations for the Obama Administration concerning the new human biotechnologies include 1) Immediate opportunities for policy action; 2) How Obama can reshape the debate; and 3) Issues likely to demand attention over the next four years.


Gene Manipulation In Human Embryos Provokes Ethical Questions: This controversial new research could have some serious, long-term societal implications. [Video][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
[Video] Is It Worth Your Time and Money to Freeze Your Eggs?[Interview with CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by StaffBroadly [VICE]August 24th, 2015This report investigates the commercial promises of Egg Banxx "freezing parties" while following a patient through the process of egg retrieval.
Re-Engineering Human Embryos[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Tom AshbrookOn PointApril 28th, 2015Chinese scientists re-engineer human embryo genes, and set off a global moral debate.

Talks & Testimonies

Information for delegates to the Global Summit on ChildhoodApril 2014A session at the Global Summit on Childhood in Vancouver called "Genetically Modified Babies?"
The Case for a New Biopoliticsby Marcy DarnovskyYouTubeDecember 11th, 2013A talk at UC Berkeley Extension for Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvouz (LASERs), a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.
CGS Letter to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of EuropeSeptember 20th, 2013Regarding the UK's possible approval of "mitochondria replacement," techniques that constitute human inheritable genetic modification.

Fact Sheets

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheet [PDF]January 9th, 2009The Center for Genetics and Society has released a briefing document to assist reporters and others in preparation of the expected announcement of a new federal policy.
College-age Women, Donor Eggs, and Assisted Reproduction [PDF]September 6th, 2007A one-page overview of the provision of eggs for reproduction by college women
Program on Gender, Justice, and Human Genetics [PDF]July 13th, 2006A one-page overview of CGS's Program on Gender, Justice, and Human Genetics.

Annual Reports

2014 Report on Activities [PDF]July 30th, 2015
2013 Report on Activities [PDF]May 15th, 2014
2012 Report on Activities [PDF]April 1st, 2013


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