Since the announcement in June of a "working draft"
of the human genome,
hardly a day has passed without a report about some new development
genetic technology, business, or policy. When this newsletter
not quite a year ago, references to human genetic technologies
popular media—and in everyday conversation—were few
and far between.
Now they are commonplace.
Social, political, and financial momentum are fast gathering
increasing technical powers and cultural clout of genetic scientists.
The coming months and few years are a critical juncture for
shape public discussion and policy on the new human genetics—and
ensure that these technologies be developed in ways that foster
justice, ecological soundness, and human dignity.
We will continue to publish summaries of and pointers to developments
regarding the social and political dimensions of the new human
and reproductive technologies, and would welcome your help in
them. We are most interested in items that inform our opposition
human germline engineering and human cloning, and our support
effective social oversight of other human genetic and reproductive
technologies. Please send items to Marcy Darnovsky at Contact