CRG's many societal contributions over the past quarter century include:
Controls on the Proliferation of Biological Weapons:
Early attention to the potential use of recombinant DNA (the scientific term to describe gene splicing) for biological weapons, organizing both a Briefing on Capitol Hill in 1985 and an American Association for the Advancement of Science panel in 1986.
Publication of Presenting a Biological Arms Race, Susan Wright, ed. MIT Press, which helped to establish civil penalties in the United States under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Signed in London, Moscow and Washington. Entered into force on 26 March 1975, the Convention called for the prohibition of the production, stockpiling or development of bacteriological weapons.
Genetic Privacy and Discrimination:
Leadership of the successful effort to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that now provides all Americans with protections against the improper access to genetic information and discrimination by employers and health insurers. This effort included the founding and leadership of the Coalition for Genetic Fairness, a coalition of over 500 organizations representing millions of Americans that supported GINA. GINA is the first new civil rights law to pass the U.S. Congress in almost twenty years and creates an entirely new class of legal protections.
Compilation of the first documentation of genetic discrimination against people who could not obtain employment, health or life insurance because they or a member of their family had a genetic condition and provided the intellectual grounding for the recently enacted Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA).
Biotechnology and Agriculture:
Publication of Genetically Engineered Food: Changing the Nature of Nature. M. Teitel and K. Wilson.
Creation of a Citizen's Guide to Genetically Modified Food.
Promotion of the Safe Seed Campaign, a pledge among seed manufacturers and distributors committed to non-GM seeds. By the beginning of 2001 10 percent of the seed catalogues in the United States were carrying the "Safe Seed Pledge."
Genetic Bill of Rights:
Issuance of a Genetic Bill of Rights, along with a published book of commentaries titled Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age, S. Krimsky and P. Shorett, eds.
Race and Genetics:
Organization of the first ever coast to coast series of workshops and conferences on Race and Genetics.
Forensic DNA Databases:
Organization of a national conference on Forensic DNA Databanks and the Criminal Justice System.