Environmentalism

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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BOSTON—Out on an old Navy dry dock, a biotech company called Ginkgo Bioworks is growing genetically modified organisms by the billions, and it would very much like to tell you about them.

“I think people should love GMOs,” Gingko’s CEO...

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In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the green light to a version of the plant Camelina sativa, an important oilseed crop that had been genetically engineered using CRISPR to produce enhanced omega-3 oil. What was interesting about this...

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What “Frankenstein” and the golem tell us about the power and responsibility of science.

January 1 marks the 200th anniversary of...

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For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive...

A woman scientist is turned away from the camera, and faces a laboratory desk filled with equipment.

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A corn plant springs up from the soil.

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Biopolitical Times
A short-tail weasel peaks its head out of rocks.

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Marcy Darnovsky speaks among  panel at CRISPRcon

Op-Ed

A pot of boiling water cooks two corns.

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

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A woman of color holds a circular glass object in her opened left palm.

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