Marcy Darnovsky

Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, speaks and writes widely on the politics of human biotechnology, focusing on their social justice and public interest implications. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy, New Scientist and many others. She has appeared on dozens of television, radio, and online news shows and has been interviewed and cited in hundreds of news and magazine articles. She has worked as an organizer and advocate in a range of environmental and progressive political movements, and taught courses at Sonoma State University and at California State University East Bay. Her Ph.D. is from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Publications

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By Marcy Darnovsky, Southwestern Medical Perspectives | 12.04.2019

Should CRISPR be used to alter the genes and traits of future children and generations? Dozens of nations have considered this...

Public debate
By Marcy Darnovsky, ISSUES in Science and Technology | 06.05.2019

As the debate about heritable genome editing unfolds, divergent perspectives are coming more clearly into view. Those who see it...

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By Marcy Darnovsky, The Hill | 05.29.2019

Last fall, when a Chinese scientist announced that he had created genetically modified twin babies, the world was stunned and...

In the News

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By Donna Dickenson, Katie Hasson & Marcy Darnovsky, Project Syndicate | 03.17.2020

The announcement by the Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui in November 2018 that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies...

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By Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky, Trends in Biotechnology | 01.31.2020

The impending decision about whether to develop and use heritable human genome modification carries high stakes for our shared future....

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By Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky, Development Journal | 01.14.2020

As genetic technologies merge with forensics, medicine, and human reproduction, renewed eugenic temptations are arising. The prospect of heritable genetic...

Biopolitical Times

Abby Lippman, friend and colleague to the Center for Genetics and Society and myriad other social justice organizations, died on...

Scholars researching California’s twentieth-century legacy of eugenic sterilization, led by University of Michigan professor and Center for Genetics and Society ...

The biggest surprise of the year was probably the birth, in Mexico, of a baby who was conceived following controversial...

Talks and Testimonies

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When you send your saliva to 23andme, you can get all kinds of genetic information — but now that it's...

DNA Strain

Are designer babies going to become a reality in the near future?

On this episode Cormac speaks to former NASA...

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Egg freezing has long offered hope for women who wish to delay having children. These days, some employers cover the...