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

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...

Photo of He Jiankui in a blue collard shirt who experimented to make CRISPR'd twins who were delivered last November.
By Donna Dickenson, Marcy Darnovsky, Nature | 03.15.2019

To the Editor — The claim last November by He Jiankui to have engineered the first CRISPR-edited babies has ignited...

In the News

Red and blue DNA
By Samara Rosenfeld, Inside Digital Health [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 07.19.2019

It’s no secret that gene editing has sparked ethical concerns. In March, scientists and ethicists from seven countries issued ...

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By Staff Writer, CBS Los Angeles [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 07.09.2019

An unidentified New York couple is suing a Los Angeles fertility clinic after they claim the woman gave birth to...

Ban On Genetically Modified Babies
By Rob Stein, National Public Radio [cites CGS Marcy Darnovsky] | 06.04.2019

A congressional committee voted Tuesday to continue a federal ban on creating genetically modified babies in the United States.

The...

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...