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.


Invited by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), CGS Executive Director Marcy Darnovsky spoke at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, which centered on the theme of "Advancing Science: Discovery to Application." 

Her talk, "Gene Editing for Reproduction: Moral Questions of an Altogether Different Kind,” was among the Scientific Session for "Gene Editing and Human Identity: Promising Advances and Ethical Challenges."

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And how should parents—especially queer parents—manage their expectations around it?

My friend’s daughter Emma looks a lot like my daughter Alice (both pseudonyms): the same blue eyes, the same “I’m about to start some trouble” grin. At their house, the...

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Genome-wide sequencing is increasingly being conducted on fetal tissues, either as whole exome sequencing (WES), whole genome sequencing (WGS), or...

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Last January, CGS predicted that gene editing would be one of the biggest science stories of the year. This has...

Grayscale photo of a person's refection from a puddle of water, as they walk .

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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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