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

Jennifer Doudna
By Marcy Darnovsky, Issues in Science and Technology | 07.31.2020

In this interview as in past public comments, Jennifer Doudna opens the door to using the CRISPR platform she helped...

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By Donna Dickenson, Katie Hasson & Marcy Darnovsky, Project Syndicate | 03.17.2020

The announcement by the Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui in November 2018 that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies...

Global with DNA letter around it
By Roberto Andorno, Françoise Baylis, Marcy Darnovsky, Donna Dickenson, Hille Haker, Katie Hasson, Leah Lowthorp, et al., Trends in Biotechnology | 01.31.2020

Heritable Human Genome Editing: Nearing a Critical Juncture

The impending decision about whether to develop and use heritable human genome...

In the News

Halt sign
By Farah Qaiser, Forbes [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 10.31.2020

In a new study, four researchers reviewed policy documents from 106 countries to map out the policy landscape regarding...

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By Amy Dockser Marcus, Wall Street Journal [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 10.29.2020

Scientists using the Crispr gene-editing technology in human embryos to try to repair a gene that causes hereditary blindness found it...

A 1971 protest against eugenics
By Jude Casimir, Wear Your Voice [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 10.27.2020

Henrietta Lacks visited John Hopkins Hospital in 1951, complaining of vaginal bleeding. A mother of five children, Lacks was diagnosed by gynecologist...

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

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...