Genetic Literacy Project Mission Statement
What benefits do advances in genetics offer? What are the potential pitfalls? Research into genetics and related sciences is widely embraced. But in practice, words like “gene”, “genetic engineering”, “biotechnology”, “GMO”, “synthetic biology” and “gene editing” often stir concern and misunderstanding when applied to biomedicine, evolution, ancestral and race research, and food and farming. That often leads to confusion among the public and policy makers.
Agricultural and human genetics are reshaping farming, food and medicine, and our understanding of human history. Biotechnology research can improve food security, the environment and public health. Yet dramatic innovation can also lead to unintended health and environmental consequences and present ethical challenges.
The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) explores the intersection of DNA research and real world applications of genetics with the media and policy worlds in order to disentangle science from ideology. The commitment of the GLP is to promote public awareness and constructive discussion of genetics, biotechnology, evolution and science literacy.
GLP Financial Transparency and Governance Statement
The GLP is part of the Science Literacy Project (SLP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by grants from independent foundations and charities. The GLP accepts tax-deductible donations from individuals, but not from corporations. To the SLP’s knowledge, none of the foundations which has donated money to the GLP has financial ties to companies linked to human or agricultural genetics.
The SLP also includes the Epigenetics Literacy Project, which draws on approximately 40% of SLP’s overall budget. The Genetic Expert News Service (GENeS), which was run with no editorial oversight from the GLP from 2012-14 is on hiatus. The SLP and its various subdivisions have no formal affiliation with and receive no funding from any other institution other than those listed below and in our government filings.
Executive director Jon Entine was a senior fellow (unpaid) at the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy) and was previously a senior fellow at George Mason University, which provided accounting services to the GLP from 2011-2014. The GLP was an independently operated division of the Statistical Assessment Service, housed at GMU, until 2014 and secured independent 501(c)(3) status in 2015.
GLP has an editorial advisory board, which helped guide the conception and launch of the project, and is finalizing its permanent board.
2015-2016 Fiscal Year Donations to the Science Literacy Project
- John Templeton Foundation, Gene-ius Project (for GLP): $92,225
- John Templeton Foundation, Epigenetics Literacy Project: $151,985
- Searle Freedom Trust, GLP: $150,000
- Winkler Family Foundation, GENeS Project, $50,000
- Academics Review Charitable Association, (pass through support for Genome Prairie Biotech Literacy Bootcamp from BIO): $5,000
- Individual donations: $9,647.12