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

By Françoise Baylis and Marcy Darnovsky, Bioethics Forum | 01.17.2019

Despite the appearance of agreement, scientists are not of the same mind about the ethics and governance of human germline...

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By Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky, The Guardian | 11.27.2018

The fierce global controversy over whether to alter the genes of future children and generations just got fiercer. On the...

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...

In the News

researches removes DNA from a test tube.
By Chronicle Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 12.14.2018

California is being sued over its DNA collection practices, and the only thing that’s surprising is how long it took....

Pregnant woman holding her belly.
By Rob Stein, NPR [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 12.13.2018

Three of the most influential scientific organizations in the world are calling for an urgent international effort to prevent scientists...

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By Robert Salonga, The Mercury News [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 12.10.2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Accusing the government of violating constitutional privacy rights, a trio of civil liberties groups is suing 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...