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Genetic Crossroads
May 14th, 2008

Engineering by Scientists on Embryo Stirs Criticism
[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
by Andrew Pollack, New York Times
May 13th, 2008
Researchers in New York have created what is believed to be the first genetically engineered human embryo…."It's an important ethical boundary that scientists have been observing," said Marcy Darnovsky, associate director of the Center for Genetics and Society, a watchdog group in Oakland, Calif. "These scientists, on their own, decided to step over that boundary with no public discussion."

Genetically modified human embryo stirs criticism
[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
by Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press
May 12th, 2008
News that scientists have for the first time genetically altered a human embryo is drawing fire from some watchdog groups that say it's a step toward creating "designer babies."… Marcy Darnovsky, associate executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, said the Cornell scientists were developing techniques that others might use to make genetically modified people, "and they're doing it without any kind of public debate."

$271 Million for Research on Stem Cells in California
[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]
by Andrew Pollack, New York Times
May 8th, 2008
California has awarded $271 million in grants to build 12 stem cell research centers in the state, even as one of the political rationales for the building program might soon disappear…. "Now that the money is flowing, those federal restrictions are going to be removed," said Jesse Reynolds, a policy analyst at the Center for Genetics and Society in Oakland, which supports stem cell research but has at times criticized the California project.

$227 million in grants going to build California stem cell labs
[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]
by Mary Engel, Los Angeles Times
May 7th, 2008
California's voter-created stem cell institute is expected to award $227 million in grants today to seed a laboratory building spree at a dozen universities and research centers…. "The primary argument that was presented for Proposition 71 -- particularly in the area of large facilities -- is becoming less and less important," said Jesse Reynolds of the Oakland-based Center for Genetics and Society. "Bush's restrictions will most likely be undone before the first brick is laid."

House Approves Genetic Test Law [MP3]
NPR News and Notes
May 6th, 2008
NPR's News and Notes takes a closer look at the genetic discrimination bill with CGS's Jamie Brooks and health lobbyist Neil Trautwein.

Outsourcing Labor
[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
by Joann Klimkiewicz, The Hartford Courant
April 24th, 2008
While there's still a critical eye cast on surrogacy, the tenor of much of today's media coverage has changed from the circus-like days of Baby M to familiar territory that's found its way into the hive of popular culture…. "The stories tend to [be wrapped] in this sort of rhetoric of altruism," says Darnovsky. "But would women do it if they weren't getting paid? Does that payment convince them to do things [and take risks] they wouldn't otherwise consider? Do we want to extend the ethos and the dynamics and the rules of the marketplace to pregnancy and childbearing?"

State Probes 6 Online DNA-Testing Firms
[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]
by Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle
April 24th, 2008
The California Department of Public Health is investigating consumer complaints against at least six online companies that conduct direct-to-consumer genetic testing…. "What we're experiencing is a confluence of new technologies available at lower prices with an increased interest in them, and a regulatory vacuum," said Jesse Reynolds, policy analyst with the Center for Genetics and Society, a policy research and advocacy organization on Oakland. "To the extent the state's looking into these complaints, that's a step in the right direction," he said.


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