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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How do you stop a mad scientist?

We’ve been doing it in fiction for centuries. Doctor Faustus was carried off to hell. Pneumonia and an Arctic ice flow ended Victor FrankensteinDoctor Moreau’s own creations ultimately did him...

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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...

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Advocates of science are in a bad place right now. Some days, in this Second Year of Trump, scientism—a blanket...

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This week, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts announced that geneticists had analyzed her DNA and proved her longstanding claim that...

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Elizabeth Warren speaking at a podium

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