Mission Statement

The mission of Genetics Generation is to improve public understanding of current genetic technologies and the ethical questions they raise. Genetics Generation is committed to providing impartial and clear information that is engaging and easily accessible so that everyone can build a strong foundation for informed decision making.

As young and aspiring pre-health students we have taken the initiative, along with our professor, to share the knowledge we have gained through many rigorous genetics and science-based courses at the University of San Diego. We have all been diligently studying the most recent genetic news and advancements to ensure the information provided is current, up to date, and accurate. Our goal is to serve as scientific interpreters for the general public who does not have an extensive background in science. We strive to provide only unbiased information, giving both benefits and limitations of certain aspects of genetic advancements. Persuading the population one way or the other is not our purpose and will be avoided. We hope that after surveying the website you feel more informed and comfortable with the intricacies of genetics and where the field is heading.

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University of San Diego Biology 494 Students: Ethical Issues in Genetics

A table with four squares and three rows.Laura Rivard, Ph.D.

Dr. Rivard has been teaching in the Biology Department at the University of San Diego for over 10 years. She hopes this website will spark public interest in genetics and its expanding role in our lives as well as bring much needed attention to the importance of scientific literacy in our technological age.


  1. To raise awareness of the increasingly important role genetic technology is playing in today’s society, particularly in health care. A basic understanding of the field of genetics and its terminology is valuable when navigating this new frontier.
  2. To convey that many of the ethical questions raised by new technologies are complex and will not likely produce a consensus answer. We consider these questions using the four principles of Biomedical Ethics as a framework:
  • The principle of Autonomy
  • The principle of Nonmaleficence
  • The principle of Beneficence
  • The principle of Justice

CONTACT US with comments or questions: [email protected]