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.


The Center for Genetics and Society receives numerous invitations to speak in person and via video link to high school, college, and university classes about gene editing and other related topics. Through these engagements, CGS shares a biopolitical framework that is grounded in social justice and the common good. Though we are not able to accept all requests, CGS welcomes these opportunities.

Below is a list of recent classroom presentations.

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An Argentine woman has been reunited with her relatives 40 years after she was stolen as a newborn by the country's former dictatorship. 

A human rights group says DNA tests determined her identity, bringing the number of 'stolen baby' cases...

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Excerpts from “The Other Scarlet ‘A’: Abortion’s Relationship to Genetic Testing” from THE GENE MACHINE by Bonnie Rochman.

When the...

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They wanted a baby, she wanted to carry it for them—for a fee. It’s a common transaction but illegal in...

Two surgeons in uniform perform surgery on a patient, with tools in their hands and looking down at the patient.

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March for Science protesters sit and stand on staircase, and hold various signs and banners. In the background is the San Francisco Embarcadero.

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Empty medical supplies are gathered in a tray in a pile.

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An empty, sealed bag labeled as evidence.

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