Genes and Race
The Daily Dish blog
October 20, 2007
"In general, when I read scientific accounts that include passages like the following, my eyes roll when they don't glaze over: 'While acknowledging that science is often used for positive purposes, including ones that benefit communities of color, social justice advocates must remain vigilant. All technologies, including new genetic technologies, develop in a political, economic and social context, says Patricia Berne of the Center for Genetics and Society, a public affairs nonprofit based in Oakland, California. "The broader political left has not really grappled with the ways these technologies affect our claim to resources, our claim to rights, and the well-being of our communities," she notes.'"
Stem Cell Chief a Top Scientist
October 5, 2007
"'From my experience of watching Dr. Hall, I believe that the most challenging aspect of (Trounson's) job will be to juggle the interests and personalities' of the board members, said Jesse Reynolds, project director for the Center for Genetics and Society in Oakland. 'Obviously, in particular, Chairman Robert Klein exerts a lot of authority.'"
Researchers Detour Around Stem-Cell Rules
Chronicle of Higher Education
October 1, 2007
"Marcy Darnovsky, associate executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, in Oakland, Calif., thinks egg sharing is problematic because 'it's difficult to set up a fire wall between doctors whose primary responsibility is to the woman - the patient - and the researchers, whose primary motivation is to get the eggs for the research.'"
Google and Microsoft Want Your DNA
September 27, 2007
"According to consumer watchdog Privacy International, Google conducts 'comprehensive surveillance' and embodies an 'entrenched hostility to privacy.' Microsoft, though a little less invasive, is still Microsoft. What do they have in common? Both want you to trust them with your DNA. Jesse Reynolds of the Center for Genetics and Society reports on AlterNet about the companies' investments in 23andMe, a startup in the fledgling online genomic information industry."
Colorlines (Sept / Oct 2007)
"All technologies, including new genetic technologies, develop in a political, economic and social context, says Patricia Berne of the Center for Genetics and Society, a public affairs nonprofit based in Oakland, California."