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Council for Responsible Genetics

Council for Responsible Genetics

5 Upland Rd, Ste 3, Cambridge (MA), 02140, United States

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(617) 868-0870

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About CRG fosters public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies. (www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org)
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The public must have access to clear and understandable information on technological innovations.

The public must be able to participate in public and private decision making concerning technological developments and their implementation.

New technologies must meet social needs. Problems rooted in poverty, racism, and other forms of inequality cannot be remedied by technology alone.


In September 2007, CRG held a two-day strategic planning retreat that included current and prior board members, members of other public-interest organizations, bioethicists and long-time supporters of CRG. The result of that intensive session was the establishment of a renewed mission statement and a series of well-defined goals to carry the organization forward into the 21st century.

Toward this end, CRG:

* Explores and documents developments in biotechnology through a holistic approach that considers science within a social, cultural, ethical, and environmental context.
* Serves as a global knowledge resource, providing information and education about the potential impact of new and emerging biotechnologies.
* Develops concrete policy solutions to address emerging issues in biotechnology.
* Mobilizes and collaborates with scientists and other organizations to inform the public and promote democratic control of science.
* Exposes over-simplified and distorted scientific claims regarding the role of genetics in human disease, development and behavior.
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Founded 1983
Products GeneWatch

GeneWatch is America’s first and only magazine dedicated to monitoring biotechnology’s social, ethical and environmental consequences. Since 1983, GeneWatch has covered a broad spectrum of issues, from genetically engineered foods to biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning.


25th Aniversary DVD: 25 YEARS OF GENEWATCH
GeneWatch Anniversary Archive: 1983-2008

The Council for Responsible Genetics was founded in 1983 to provide commentary and public interest perspectives on social and ecological developments of biotechnology and medical genetics. For a quarter of a century, the Council has continued to publish its bulletin GeneWatch with articles by leading scientists, activists, science writers, and public health advocates. The collection of GeneWatch articles provides a unique historical lens into the modern history, contested science, ethics and politics of genetic technologies. The full archive of GeneWatch has been incorporated into this special anniversary DVD that includes an index of all the authors and titles.

Copies of the anniversary DVD are available for a $100 donation to:
Anniversary CRG DVD
Council for Responsible Genetics
5 Upland Rd., Suite 3
Cambridge, MA 02140
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