CGS in the News

By Pete Shanks, Medium | 02.02.2018

Let’s Not Distort Debates about Human Cloning and Heritable Gene Editing

Cloning is back in the headlines. Researchers managed to create two macaque monkeys by cloning, and immediately there was talk about using the Dolly-the-sheep technique to create human clones. Which leads straightaway to the claim that public concerns about human reproductive cloning “echo many of the earlier objections to IVF.”

That is historically inaccurate. It’s also a notion that promotes, either deliberately or inadvertently, an extreme technological agenda...

By Jim Kozubek, Los Angeles Review of Books [cites CGS] | 09.07.2017

TWO TRENDS are on the rise, and one is about to make the other worse.

The first is epitomized in a July 2017 report in The Economist on the United States’s urban-rural divide, which noted that “deaths of despair” — suicide, heart disease, and drug overdoses — are increasing in the southeastern corner of West Virginia. Life expectancy for men is now 16.5 years lower than in neighboring Arlington. Christian H. Cooper’s moving essay in Nautilus entitled “Why Poverty Is...

By Karla Lant, Futurism [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 08.21.2017

As the scientific community takes in the work of the team who edited the DNA of the human embryos this

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By Tom Ashbrook, NPR On Point [features Marcy Darnovsky] | 08.08.2017

After the blockbuster announcement a U.S. team successfully edited human embryos come the tough medical and ethical questions. We’ll talk...

By Pete Shanks, Medical Laboratory Observer | 07.25.2017

The direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing industry has been around for just over a decade. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

By The Inquiry, BBC [features Marcy Darnovsky] | 07.16.2017

"This structure has novel features, which are of considerable biological interest." It was perhaps the greatest understatement of all time...

By Sydney Perkowitz, JStor Daily [cites CGS] | 04.05.2017

In 1883, the English statistician and social scientist Francis Galton coined the word “eugenics” (“well-born,” from Greek). The term referred...

By Bonnie Rochman, Boston Globe [cites CGS] | 04.02.2017

Recently, two eminent groups of scientists and health and medical experts made a startling statement: Under very limited circumstances, it...