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

3 different color cartoon drawing of DNA--blue, green, and orange--on a yellow background.
By Marcy Darnovsky, The Guardian | 07.17.2018

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has taken what it clearly regards as a brave new step: it has openly...

A mannequin of a human with DNA nucleotides (A, G, T, C) sequenced across it's body.
By Alan Goodman, Marcy Darnovsky, et. al., New York Times | 04.02.2018

To the Editor:

In “‘Race’ in the Age of Modern Genetics” (Sunday Review, March 25), David Reich does...

Picture of DNA
By Marcy Darnovsky, Leah Lowthorp, and Katie Hasson, OpenGlobalRights | 02.15.2018

What do recent advances in molecular genetics have to do with human rights? Quite a lot, it turns out. And...

In the News

A cradle and a rocking chair occupy a baby room painted pink.
By Rebecca Gale, Dame [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 08.14.2018

In our on-demand era of reproductive liberty and technology, a child’s sex isn’t always left up to chance. As more...

Pipetting fluid into clear test tubes held in a blue container.
By Ian Sample, The Guardian [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 07.17.2018

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances...

Close up of a baby's eyes staring into the distance.
By Kurt Pitzer, People [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 06.21.2018

A Ukrainian doctor is creating genetically modified “three-parent” babies in an effort to give infertile women a chance to bear...

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...