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

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...

Two women are pictured holding a protest sign stating, "The future is feminist"
By Francine Coeytaux, Marcy Darnovsky, Susan Berke Fogel, and Emily Galpern, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Blog | 12.18.2017

This commentary was originally published on the IJFAB Blog.

For more than a decade, Canadian regulation has explicitly countered...

Promotional logo for the global summit, featuring an illustration of a double helix positioned horizontally, with "2015" inside two strands, and abstract shapes of a globe.
By Paul Root Wolpe, et al., Nature Biotechnology | 11.09.2017

Recent developments in bioengineering promise the possibility of new diagnostic and treatment strategies, novel industrial processes, and innovative approaches to...

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

Concerns about cross-border fertility arrangements – especially human rights violations of women serving as surrogate mothers or providing eggs –...

A committee of California’s state stem cell agency met on February 4 to consider whether it should fund genetic editing...

For controversy and consequence, no story in 2015 came close to the rapidly developing CRISPR-Cas9 “gene editing” tools, and the...

Talks and Testimonies

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Hosted by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Executive Director Marcy Darnovsky was a panelist for a debate and dialogue on...

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CRISPR, the powerful gene editing technique that enables the precise modification of genes, is revolutionizing medicine and biotechnology. It can...

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