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 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...

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...

In the News

A close-up on a hand with a pen writing on pieces of paper on a desk.
By Marcy Darnovsky, Boston Review | 11.19.2018

In her essay, Merve Emre declares that “all reproduction . . . is assisted.” Few feminists of any wave or...

Technician working with test tubes
By Larry Mantle, KPCC AirTalk [features Marcy Darnovsky] | 09.12.2018

In 2004, Voters approved Proposition 71 by nearly 60 percent establishing a $3 billion bond to fund the science of...

Book cover for Beyond Bioethics with twisted DNA strand on a yellow background.
By Jordan Liz, Metapsychology Online Reviews [Review of the book edited by CGS' Osagie K Obasogie and Marcy Darnovsky] | 09.04.2018

From the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep, to the FDA's approval of BiDil as the first race-specific medication to...

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,...