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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For centuries, human societies have divided population groups into separate races. While there is no scientific basis for this, people unquestioningly accept these classifications as fact.
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The Gene Myths series features incisive, succinct articles by leading scientists disputing the exaggerations and misrepresentations of the power of genes.
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