Human Rights

Human rights law and discourse help to ensure respect for individual worth and the common good in the face of powerful biotechnologies. Claims to universal human rights depend, in part, on formal recognition of our common humanity. Many countries and international declarations use human rights as a broad framework for establishing policies regarding human biotechnologies. Examples include the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine and UNESCO's Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, both of which reject biotechnology applications that would alter the genomes of future generations.


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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How a powerful group of New Zealanders attempted to wipe out 'mental defectives' and improve the white race.

Oh Mother,...

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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...