Katie Hasson

Katie Hasson, PhD, writes, speaks, researches, and teaches about the social and political aspects of human genetic and reproductive technologies. Katie earned her PhD in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

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Publications

An embryo being fertilized
By Katie Hasson, The Hill | 06.10.2019

Late last year, scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first genetically modified babies. He deployed a...

Gloved hands moving small test tubes from one test tube rack to another
By Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky, The Guardian | 11.27.2018

The fierce global controversy over whether to alter the genes of future children and generations just got fiercer. On the...

Magnified image of human blood cells, displayed in black and white.
By Katie Hasson, GeneWatch | 08.06.2018

A wave of controversy about reproductive gene editing gathered force in response to reports in 2015 of the first CRISPR...

In the News

Blue stylized images of DNA
By Isabelle Altman, The Dispatch [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 07.06.2019

A strand of DNA analyzed in a rape kit from 1990 was the key piece of evidence in Starkville Police...

Latest gloves and mouth swab
By Lidia Davis, Reviews.com [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 05.20.2019

As morbid as it sounds, life insurance companies want to know how long you’ll be around, and figuring that out...

Gloved hand holding vial of DNA
By Kevin Brasler, Consumers' Checkbook [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 05.15.2019

While it’s fun to submit DNA to a testing service to learn you might be 10 percent Nigerian, Norwegian, or...

Biopolitical Times

August 14, 2019, marked the first meeting of another committee on heritable genome editing that is composed mostly of scientists:...

Has a commentary in Nature shifted the landscape of the debate about editing the genomes of future children? Or will...

In the months since He Jiankui first announced the birth of gene-edited twins, there’s been a steady stream of revelations...

Talks and Testimonies

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This podcast discussion peeks into the world projected by J.D. Lasica in his new genetics thriller novel, Biohack. Bioethics...

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Jesse Mulligan, from RNZ radio in New Zealand talks to CGS' own Katie Hasson regarding how many New Zealanders have sent off...

Marcy presents in front of full of lecture hall full of students

The Center for Genetics and Society receives numerous invitations to speak in person and via video link to high school,...