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

Gloved hands moving small test tubes from one test tube rack to another
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...

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...

In the News

A colorful image of a fertilized egg.
By Muri Assuncao, Daily News [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 04.11.2019

Oh baby!

A team of doctors from Greece and Spain announced the birth of a healthy baby boy who was...

White pencil writing a double strand of DNA on a blue background
By Karen Weintraub, Scientific American [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 03.13.2019

A group of 18 prominent scientists—including some who helped develop CRISPR–Cas9, the current leading tool for gene editing—issued a call...

Depiction of CRISPR--purple strand of DNA being cut from them middle of two orange strands
By Rob Stein , National Public Radio [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 03.13.2019

A group of prominent scientists and bioethicists is calling for a global moratorium on any new attempts to bring gene-edited...

Biopolitical Times

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

A fertility industry-sponsored bill that would expand the market in human eggs is barreling through the California legislature, in spite...

Currently, California – like many countries – allows women who provide eggs for research to be reimbursed for travel, lost...

Talks and Testimonies

Marcy presents in front of full of lecture hall full of students

The Center for Genetics and Society receives numerous invitations to speak in person and via video link to high school,...