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

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By Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky, Development Journal | 01.14.2020

As genetic technologies merge with forensics, medicine, and human reproduction, renewed eugenic temptations are arising. The prospect of heritable genetic...

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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...

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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...

In the News

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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...

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By Anon, Gulf Times [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 03.27.2020

The question of where the line should be drawn in human gene editing, and if it should be allowed to...

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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...

Biopolitical Times

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

A shocking video of dozens of surrogate-born babies stranded in Ukraine by pandemic-related travel restrictions has recently received worldwide media...

Even if you’re not familiar with the gene-editing technology CRISPR Cas-9, you’ve probably heard the term designer babies. Until...