Environmentalists analyze powerful new technologies, including genetic modification of crops, livestock, and potentially human beings, with close attention to their ecosystem and social effects. They highlight the need for caution and responsible social governance in the face of high-risk technological innovation, and often support regulating markets and corporations in order to ensure public health and well-being. Environmentalists have pioneered the precautionary principle, an approach that assigns responsibility for demonstrating the safety of risky new technologies to those who would benefit from them, rather than those likely to be harmed. These tools of technical, policy, and social analysis hold important insights for understanding and evaluating human biotechnologies.

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The easiest way to undermine good science is to demand that it be made “sound.”

Science is being turned against itself. For decades, its twin ideals of transparency and rigor have been weaponized by those who disagree with results produced...

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Traditionally, most spying and intelligence gathering has been done by highly trained human operatives. But the US military has a plan to enlist a smart network of plants to help it stay one step ahead of its enemies.

These flora...

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The much-touted techno-fix to the problem of invasive species is not ready for use, and not close. In rough outline,...

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In 2013, scientists discovered a new way to precisely edit genes — technology called Crispr that raised all sorts of...

Marcy Darnovsky speaks among  panel at CRISPRcon


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A person suited in bioharzard gear, examines a sample of corn in a field.

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