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Welcome students!

You and others of your generation will be living with the decisions that are being made today and tomorrow about new reproductive, genetic and biomedical technologies. And not long after that, you’ll be the ones making those decisions.

The CGS website has lots of information on these topics. So please look around, whether you’re writing a term paper, preparing for a debate, talking it over with your friends and family, or simply curious.

This section collects materials that we hope will be especially useful to you.

Please contact us with your suggestions about additions to this section.


CGS Summary of Public Opinion Pollsby CGS StaffFebruary 4th, 2014This page offers comparisons of survey results for three technologies: reproductive cloning, research cloning, and inheritable genetic modification.
3-Person IVFLearn more about controversial research on "3-person IVF": how it works, where the research is taking place, the social and ethical implications, and how you can get involved in the discussion.
Race Under the Microscope: Biological Misunderstandings of Raceby Center for Genetics and SocietyMay 24th, 2012A CGS video explains how new genetic technologies are reviving old myths about biological race and perpetuating social inequality.
Recommended Reading: FictionSeptember 2nd, 2008A compilation of seventeen novels addressing the impacts of technology.
Sex Selection Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to common questions concerning sex selection
Research Cloning Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to common questions concerning research cloning
PGD Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to common questions concerning pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Research Cloning Basic ScienceA basic explanation of the science behind research cloning.
Research Cloning Arguments Pro and Con Summary of the arguments for and against research cloning as well as rebuttals to each side
Inheritable Genetic Modification Frequently Asked Questions Answers to common questions concerning inheritable genetic modification
Inheritable Genetic Modification Arguments Pro and ConSummary of the arguments for and against inheritable genetic modification as well as rebuttals to each side
Inheritable Genetic Modification Basic ScienceA basic explanation of the science behind genetic modification.
Reproductive Cloning Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to common questions concerning human reproductive cloning.
Reproductive Cloning Arguments Pro and ConSummary of the arguments for and against reproductive cloning as well as rebuttals to each side
Reproductive Cloning Basic ScienceReproductive cloning means creating a genetic duplicate of an existing organism. A human clone would be a genetic duplicate of an existing person.
Medical Gene Transfer Arguments Pro and ConShort summary of the main arguments for and against medical gene transfer
Summer ReadingGenetic CrossroadsJune 9th, 2003The mini-reviews here represent a sampling of recent works focused on the technologies and ideologies that could push us into a "post-human" era.
Genetic Selection Arguments Pro and ConShort summary of the arguments for and against pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Failure to Pass Federal Cloning legislation, 1997-2003There are no United States federal statutes against cloning. Congress failed to pass legislation in the 1997-98 session. In 2001 the House of Representatives passed a bill to ban both reproductive and research cloning, which President Bush indicated he would sign. The Senate tabled the legislation and a vote was never taken.

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