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Press Statements

Press Statement

San Francisco - Two social justice organizations, the Center for Genetics and Society and the Equal Justice Society, and an individual plaintiff, Pete Shanks, have filed suit against the state of California for its collection and retention of genetic profiles...

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...

CGS in the News

By Chronicle Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 12.14.2018

California is being sued over its DNA collection practices, and the only thing that’s surprising is how long it took. In 2004, state voters passed Proposition 69, which requires authorities to collect DNA from anyone arrested for a felony. The...

By Rob Stein, NPR [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 12.13.2018

Three of the most influential scientific organizations in the world are calling for an urgent international effort to prevent scientists from creating any more gene-edited babies without proper approval and supervision.

Global standards are needed quickly to ensure gene-editing of...

By Robert Salonga, The Mercury News [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 12.10.2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Accusing the government of violating constitutional privacy rights, a trio of civil liberties groups is suing the state Department of Justice over its practice of collecting and retaining the DNA profiles of people who were arrested for...


By Françoise Baylis and Marcy Darnovsky, Bioethics Forum | 01.17.2019

Despite the appearance of agreement, scientists are not of the same mind about the ethics and governance of human germline editing. A careful review of public comments and published commentaries in top-tier science journals reveals marked differences in perspective. These...

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"...

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