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...

Vertical lines of diffuse blue lights on a dark background
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

a scientist doing lab research in a sterile environment
By Sharon Lerner, Lee Fang, The Intercept [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 06.09.2021

The Bayer Corporation has made it clear that the creation of a biological research facility on its waterfront property in Berkeley, California, will...

test tubes in rack
By Maria Cheng, Associated Press [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 05.26.2021

New guidelines released Wednesday remove a decades-old barrier to stem cell research, recommending that researchers be allowed to grow human...

embryo cells
By Karen Weintraub, USA Today [cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky] | 05.02.2021

For more than 30 years, scientists have followed a rule they imposed on themselves to avoid growing a human embryo in...

Biopolitical Times

Don’t miss Perfect“a dive into the brave new world of genetic engineering” – in two live virtual performances...

Writing in the pages of The New York Times, Harvard Business School professor Debora Spar argues that a coming technological...

Our focus these days—like yours, I imagine—is largely on the spread of COVID-19 and its dire consequences. But our work...

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...