Civil Society

Civil society typically refers to nonprofit advocacy organizations, sometimes called nongovernmental organizations or NGOs, that are institutional political actors outside of government and private enterprises. For many important social issues, there are dense networks of civil society institutions. Civil society focus on the social issues surrounding human biotechnologies is increasingly important as the speed of technological development continues to accelerate. In general, civil society organizations play an important role in holding governments accountable, countering the power of corporations, and contributing to democratic governance.


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A state commission voted this morning to adopt a controversial policy allowing police to perform familial DNA searches in certain criminal cases.

The 9-2 vote by the state Commission on Forensic Science lets cops investigating cases that pose a public...

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The Center for Genetics and Society’s (CGS) Program Manager and ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow, Leah Lowthorp, recently traveled to India to speak on ethics and legislation related to the prospect of using germline editing for human reproduction. She gave two talks in Bangalore, the biotech hub of India. The first of these was for the Takshashila public policy institute, a respected think tank; the second was for the Law and Technology Society of the National Law School, one of India’s premier...

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On June 13, the Center for Genetics and Society, alongside Black Women for Wellness and In Our Own Voice National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, will be hosting the webinar, “Gene Editing and the Future of Reproductive Justice.”...

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Twenty years ago, proponents of genetic engineering promised that GMO foods would increase yields, reduce pesticides, produce nutritious foods...

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