Genetic Literacy Project

Agricultural and human biotechnology are reshaping farming, food and medicine. The GLP explores the intersection of DNA research and real world applications of genetics with media and policy to disentangle science from ideology.

Genetic research and biotechnology can improve food security, the environment and public health. Yet dramatic innovation can lead to unintended consequences and present ethical challenges. In theory, the study of genetics and related cutting edge sciences are widely celebrated. But in practice, the words “gene” and “genetic engineering” and “biotechnology” and “synthetic biology” often stir fear and misunderstanding when applied to biomedicine and farming. Intricate science scares people who don’t understand risk and complexity. What is the potential of agricultural and human genetics? The commitment of the GLP is to promote public awareness of genetics, biotechnology and science literacy.

The Genetic Literacy Project is an independent non-profit organization funded by grants from non-partisan foundations. By mid 2015 we will have status as an independent 501c3. We also accept tax-deductible donations from individuals and non-industry organizations. To donate, please contact us through our Washington, DC office:

Genetic Literacy Project

University of California Washington Center, Room 213e

1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036


(202) 833-4613