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

Microscopic image of sperm is injected directly into an egg

From the thirteenth floor of a glass tower at the Oregon Health & Science University, you get a panoramic view...

Bird's eye view of an adult with slender features working, using a laptop, and notebook and surrounded by coffee, plant and candle on a wooden desk.

Women leave jobs at mid-career in tech at higher rates than those in other fields. It's possible that benefits like

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FDA building and sign

On Friday, FDA sent him a letter notifying him of his violations

The doctor who created a genetically modified “three-parent...

In the News

A cracked light bulb is tipped on its side,a weak current is visible causing a glow. The background has an eerie mix of black and white colors and shadow.
By Jim Kozubek, Los Angeles Review of Books [cites CGS] | 09.07.2017

TWO TRENDS are on the rise, and one is about to make the other worse.

The first is epitomized in...

Microsopic image of fertilized egg.
By Karla Lant, Futurism [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 08.21.2017

As the scientific community takes in the work of the team who edited the DNA of the human embryos this

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Microscopic image of oocyte.
By Tom Ashbrook, NPR On Point [features Marcy Darnovksy] | 08.08.2017

After the blockbuster announcement a U.S. team successfully edited human embryos come the tough medical and ethical questions. We’ll talk...

Biopolitical Times

Book cover of Alexandra Minna Stern's book Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America. Pictured is a geographical view of the United States, overlapped with chromosome painting.

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

Colorful graphic of "2016."

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

Book cover of Ruth Hubbard's The Politics of Women's Biology.

Ruth Hubbard — prominent biologist, feminist scholar, multi-faceted social justice advocate, and critic of what she termed “the gene myth”...

Talks and Testimonies

Hosted by Stanford BioLaw and Health Policy Society, which invites speakers to present on-campus to discuss their current work/research in...

LA-based Black Women for Wellness, hosted "Black Women for Wellness Futrism Conference," which merged reproductive justice issues and futurism as...