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Press Statements

Press Statement

In a statement released today, more than 100 civil society organizations, public interest advocates, scholars, health practitioners, scientists, and others call on the organizers of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing to clearly condemn the actions of researcher...

Press Statement

Chinese scientist Jiankui He has announced the birth of twin girls whose DNA he claims to have altered using the gene-editing technique CRISPR.

“If true, this amounts to unethical and reckless experimentation on human beings, and a grave abuse of...

Press Statement

A panel convened by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics today issued a report asserting that modifying the genes of future children and generations "could be morally permissible." This conclusion rests on a disappointing number of "straw man" arguments and fails...

CGS in the News

By Marcy Darnovsky, Boston Review | 11.19.2018

In her essay, Merve Emre declares that “all reproduction . . . is assisted.” Few feminists of any wave or stripe would disagree. But if the statement that none of us go it alone is solid, some of Emre’s other...

By Emanuela Campanella, Global News [Cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 11.01.2018

The Canadian Border Services Agency is collecting the DNA of immigrants and using ancestry websites to find long-lost family members in order to establish nationalities.

“CBSA has said that they are using genetic profiling and uploading that information to websites...

By Larry Mantle, KPCC AirTalk [features Marcy Darnovsky] | 09.12.2018

In 2004, Voters approved Proposition 71 by nearly 60 percent establishing a $3 billion bond to fund the science of stem cell therapy. As a result, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM, was created to manage the funds...


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 eve of a high-profile scientific meeting in Hong Kong on human gene editing, the Chinese researcher and biotech entrepreneur He...

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 experiments on human embryos. That news provoked two kinds of reactions: on the one hand, hyperbolic claims about "editing humanity"...

By Marcy Darnovsky, The Guardian | 07.17.2018

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has taken what it clearly regards as a brave new step: it has openly endorsed the use of genome editing to engineer the traits of future children and generations. The council’s report, Genome editing...

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