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 part of the Science Literacy Project, an independent 501c3 funded by grants from non-partisan foundations. We also accept tax-deductible donations from individuals and non-industry organizations. It has no affiliation with any other organization, although it’s office space in Washington, DC is supported in part by the University of California-Davis. To donate, please contact us through our Washington office:

Genetic Literacy Project

University of California Washington Center, Room 213e

1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036


(202) 833-4613