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The Tarrytown Meetings


The Tarrytown Meetings were a series of major invitational convenings of advocates, scholars, policy experts, creative artists and others working to ensure that human biotechnologies and related emerging technologies support rather than undermine social justice and the public interest.

Over 200 colleagues participated in the three Tarrytown Meetings, held in July of 2010, 2011 and 2012 at the Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center in Tarrytown, New York.

Among the topics addressed were assisted reproductive technologies and practices (including sex selection and trait selection, commercial surrogacy and reproductive tourism, the use of women’s eggs for fertility and research, and gamete donor anonymity), genetic testing and personalized medicine, race and genetics, human gene patents, DNA forensics, biobanks, human genetic modification, neo-eugenic ideologies and practices, and synthetic biology. Sessions also addressed such cross-cutting topics as national and international policies and politics, ethical and philosophical foundations for our concerns and proposals, communications and messaging, grassroots organizing and legislative strategies.

For more information about the Tarrytown Meetings, please contact Marcy Darnovsky at mdarnovsky[AT]geneticsandsociety[DOT]org.



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