The Council for Responsible Genetics was started by SftP
people some of whom have stayed with it over the years, certainly at
least until recently. One of the achievements of the Genetic
Screening Study Group (a continuance of the old Sociobiology Study group)
was to publish two surveys on genetic discrimination (in Am. J. Human
Genetics and Science and Engineering Ethics) which played a major role in
alerting the public to the potential dangers of genetic information
which, we believe, led to legislation in many states against genetic
discrimination (questions about how useful this legislation is) and
perhaps restraining somewhat the insurance companies. (I can
provide references to discussions of this if there is interest.)
At 06:17 AM 7/7/2007, you wrote:
Two spin-offs from SftP have
continued-- the genetics group and NWAEG, the New World Agriculture and
Ecology Group. The latter survived because our professional work was
directly imbued with a SftP radical critique of our fields in developing
the scientific content as well as polemicizing about ecological
agriculture.Faculty members maintain continuity at a number of campuses
and students flow through the local groups as they encounter the impact
of imperialism in the tropics or rebel against the narrowness of the
curricula they are exposed to.
Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Harvard Medical School
200 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
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Recent books and articles:
My book, a memoir entitled:
Making Genes, Making Waves: A
Social Activist in Science, Harvard University
Copies conformes ou copies qu'on
forme ? J. Beckwith. Sciences et Avenir
Hors-SÚrie #149, p.71 (2006)
Should we make a fuss? A case for
social responsibility in science. F. Huang and J.
Beckwith, Nature Biotechnology. 23:1479-1480 (2005).
Whither Human Behavioral
Genetics, J. Beckwith in
Behavioral Genetics: Ethics, Science, and Public
Conversation, eds. E. Parens, A. Chapman and N.
Press. Johns Hopkins University Press (2005)