Jessica Cussins

Jessica Cussins will be graduating in May 2017 from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master's Degree in Public Policy. Her work has focused on ethical and political issues at the intersection of health, technology, and policy. She writes for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Biopolitical Times. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaCussins and check out her website.

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Publications

An unused 23andMe kit, displayed with box open and containing specimen bag, cotton swab, and vile container.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, for the first time, granted permission to a company to provide limited...

Five young children are sitting on grass, smiling.

Now that we have the power to permanently alter humanity, should we?

This was the question at the heart of...

Beings 2015 Photograph: Twimg

The first day of BEINGS2015, “A Gathering of Global Thought Leaders to Reach Consensus on the Direction of Biotechnology...

Biopolitical Times

The cast of Orphan Black is dressed in character and lined against a darkened background. The main character is positioned in the middle, with a hood covering her head. The title, "Orphan Black" appears below the characters, with a double helix in the letter "H."

With research involving gene editing of embryos now officially underway in the US, and the apparent ability to genetically alter...

A photo of Jennifer Doudna on the UC Berkeley campus.

CRISPR gene-editing star Jennifer Doudna’s new memoir has the enviable title, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable...

Close up photo of a baby through a clear hospital bed. The baby looks happily toward the camera.

The UK has a prohibition on the genetic engineering of embryos for the purpose of reproduction. But in February 2015,...