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

Picture of DNA
By Marcy Darnovsky, Leah Lowthorp, and Katie Hasson, OpenGlobalRights | 02.15.2018

What do recent advances in molecular genetics have to do with human rights? Quite a lot, it turns out. And...

Close-up of a young monkey
By Marcy Darnovsky, New Scientist | 01.24.2018

Remember the human cloning controversies of the early 2000s? One reason they faded was that scientists were unable to...

Repeating letters ATCG in a colorful chart that represents a DNA sequence.
By Marcy Darnovsky, Leaps Magazine | 01.17.2018

“I want to democratize science,” says biohacker extraordinaire Josiah Zayner.

This is certainly a worthy-sounding sentiment. And it is central...

In the News

Illustration of a DNA strand inside a syringe
By Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 08.15.2018

U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly...

A cradle and a rocking chair occupy a baby room painted pink.
By Rebecca Gale, Dame [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 08.14.2018

In our on-demand era of reproductive liberty and technology, a child’s sex isn’t always left up to chance. As more...

Pipetting fluid into clear test tubes held in a blue container.
By Ian Sample, The Guardian [Cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 07.17.2018

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances...

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,...

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