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

A wall displays letters " ATCG" in various colors.

A new study offers a cautionary tale for using the widely hyped gene-editing tool CRISPR on people.

The gene-editing technology...

A baby stiffly lays in a cardboard box, surrounded by package bubble wrap.

As of this year, the creation of genetically engineered and enhanced future human beings is no longer a scientific hypothetical....

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Over the past few years, researchers have developed a set of powerful new techniques for altering and synthesizing DNA. These...

In the News

Embryo, with 5 visible cells.
By Rob Stein, NPR [cites Marcy Darnovsky] | 02.14.2017

Scientists could be allowed to make modifications in human DNA that can be passed down through subsequent generations, the National...

A suitcase is open, with money over flowing.
By Charles Piller, STAT [cites CGS's Marcy Darnovsky] | 01.19.2017

It’s been more than a decade since California launched an unprecedented experiment in medical research by direct democracy, when voters...

A traffic light appears yellow to signify caution (rather than a green go, and a red stop)
By Ekaterina Pesheva, Harvard Medical School [cites Marcy Darnovsky] | 01.11.2017

In vitro fertilization has transformed reproductive medicine and sparked a number of therapeutic and diagnostic breakthroughs.

Now a new, still...

Biopolitical Times

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...

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 

Powerful new “gene editing” techniques have put the prospect of genetically modified...

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

Presented by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB with support...