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Op-eds & Articles


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 – isn’t the best way to do that. And it’s 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?
Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Should Come With a Health Warningby Jessica CussinsThe Pharmaceutical JournalJanuary 15th, 2015Genetic testing is appropriate in certain situations, but for healthy people as a way to predict disease, it is imprecise and comes with a number of risks.

Reports


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.
Playing the Gene Card? A Report on Race and Human Biotechnologyby Osagie ObasogieAn ever-increasing number of DNA-based products are being promoted and sold. While many have important benefits, "Playing the Gene Card?" focuses on three that pose particular risks for African American and other minority communities.

Multimedia


UK Set to Legalize Babies With DNA From 3 Parents[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]KQED RadioFebruary 6th, 2015Bay Area public radio discusses the technology and whether the U.S. and other countries may follow Britain's lead.
The Case for a "New Biopolitics" [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]Marcy Darnovsky presents the case for a "New biopolitics" at the University of San Francisco's LASER Center speakers series (2014)
Should We Design Our Babies? [VIDEO] [With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]The Aspen InstituteJuly 2nd, 2014At the Aspen Ideas Festival, Marcy Darnovsky and Nita A. Farahany discuss the possibility and implications of "designer babies."

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


2013 Report on Activities [PDF]May 15th, 2014
2012 Report on Activities [PDF]April 1st, 2013
2011 Report on Activities [PDF]June 15th, 2012

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