I am thrilled to be joining the Council for Responsible Genetics at a time of such rapid changes in genetic science. Now, more than ever, there is the need for a strong, independent watchdog.  I am absolutely dedicated to building upon the strong tradition of CRG as the only biotech public interest organization that is explicitly dedicated to examining the best science, interpreting the results, assessing the implications, and communicating them to a general audience.

GeneWatch will play a crucial role in that process.  For 26 years GeneWatch has critically examined biotechnology's social, ethical and environmental consequences by covering a broad spectrum of issues; from genetically engineered foods to biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning.  I am committed to building the circulation of GeneWatch by adding new content and continuing the strong scholarship that has come to define it.

Just a little about myself.  I am a civil rights attorney and began my career at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union.  I left the ACLU to co-found and become the legal director of a new organization dedicated to the rights of working men and women called the National Workrights Institute.  I have dedicated my career to working on issues related to privacy and discrimination and spent many years and much blood, sweat and tears working on the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) and state genetic discrimination laws.

This current issue of GeneWatch, dedicated to GINA, is close to my heart.  I hope you enjoy it, and please let us know your thoughts.


Jeremy Gruber
Council for Responsible Genetics

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The Council for Responsible Genetics’ Genetic Privacy Manual: Understanding the Threats- Understanding Your Rights will be a comprehensive, electronic source of information for the consumer on these issues.
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Created in 1999 by the Council for Responsible Genetics, the Safe Seed Pledge helps to connect non-GM seed sellers,distributors and traders to the growing market of concerned gardeners and agricultural consumers. The Pledge allows businesses and individuals to declare that they "do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds," thus assuring consumers of their commitment.
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