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

CRISPR
By Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky, The Hill | 09.13.2020

In November 2018, at a gene-editing “summit” hosted by scientific societies from the U.S., the U.K., and Hong...

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By Donna Dickenson, Katie Hasson & Marcy Darnovsky, Project Syndicate | 03.17.2020

The announcement by the Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui in November 2018 that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies...

Global with DNA letter around it
By Roberto Andorno, Françoise Baylis, Marcy Darnovsky, Donna Dickenson, Hille Haker, Katie Hasson, Leah Lowthorp, et al., Trends in Biotechnology | 01.31.2020

Heritable Human Genome Editing: Nearing a Critical Juncture

The impending decision about whether to develop and use heritable human genome...

In the News

Home DNA testing
By Caitlin Harrington, Wired [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 10.02.2020

WHEN THE GENEALOGY company Ancestry released the latest update to its “ethnicity estimates” last month, a lot of people suddenly became...

CRISPR
By Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky, The Hill | 09.13.2020

In November 2018, at a gene-editing “summit” hosted by scientific societies from the U.S., the U.K., and Hong...

He Jiankui
By Tina Hesman Saey, Science News [cites CGS's Katie Hasson] | 09.03.2020

In 2018, Jiankui He (pictured) announced that he had edited genes in embryos to create two baby girls.

Gene editing...

Biopolitical Times

Last week, private equity mega-firm the Blackstone Group announced a deal to acquire Ancestry, the genealogy and direct-to-consumer DNA testing...

A wave of corporate solidarity statements followed in the wake of resurgent Black Lives Matter protests responding to the recent...

Researchers in Kathy Niakin’s lab in the UK have revealed disturbing results for anyone intent on pursuing heritable human genome...