Publications and Presentations


Vashlishan Murray, A., M. J. Carson, C.A. Morris, and Jon Beckwith.  (2010).  Illusions of scientific legitimacy: misrepresented science in the direct-to-consumer genetic-testing marketplace.  Trends in Genetics.  26 (11):  459-461.

Billings, PR, Kohn, MA, DeCuevas, M, Beckwith, J, Natowicz, M, and Alper, J. Genetic discrimination as a consequence of genetic testing. Am. J. Human Genetics. 50:476-482 (1992). Abstract.

Billings, P.R., Beckwith, J., and Alper, J. The genetic analysis of human behavior: a new era? Social Science and Medicine. 35:227-238 (1992).

Billings, P., and Beckwith, J. Genetic testing in the workplace: a view from the USA. Trends in Genetics. 8:198-202 (1992).

Billings, P.R., Alper, J.S., Beckwith, J., Barash, C.I., and Natowicz, M.R.  Reply to Hook and Lowden: the definition and implications of genetic discriminationn. Am. J. Human Genet. 51:903-905 (1992).

Billings, P.R., and Beckwith, J.  Born Gay?.  Technology Review. 96, #5:60-62 (1993).

Geller,L.N., Ahn,A.H., Beckwith,J., and Barash,C. Insurance commissioners and genetic discrimination.  Am. J. Hum. Genet. 52:1018 (1993).

Alper, JS, and Beckwith, J. Genetic fatalism and social policy: the implications of behavior genetics research. Yale J. Biol. Med. 66:511-524 (1993). Abstract.

Billings, PR, Barash, C, Geller, LN, Alper, JS. Screening for hemochromatosis. N. Engl J Med. 329:2037; author reply 2037-8 (1993).

Alper, JS, Geller. LN, Barash CI, Billings. PR, Laden. V. and Natowicz, MR. Genetic discrimination and screening for hemochromatosis   J Public Health Policy. 15:345-58. (1994).

Beckwith, J., Geller, L., and Glass, K. Role of media and genome project addressed. Human Genome News #6, p. 6 (1995).

Beckwith, J., and Alper, J.S. Human behavioral genetics. The Genetic Resource 10, #2:5-9 (1996).

Geller, L.N., Alper, J.S., Billings, P.R., Barash, C.I., Beckwith, J., and Natowicz, M.R. Individual, family and societal dimensions of genetic discrimination: a case study analysis.  Science and Engineering Ethics, 2: 71-88 (1996).

Geller, L., and Beckwith, J. Commentary on “The Social Responsibilities of Biological Scientists” (S.J. Reiser and R.E. Bulger). Sci. Eng. Ethics. 3:145-148 (1997).

Beckwith J, Alper JS. Reconsidering genetic antidiscrimination legislation. J. Law Med. Ethics 26:205-210, 178. (1998 Fall). Abstract.

Beckwith, J., and Alper, J.S. L’apport réel des études sur les jumeaux. La Recherche July/August, #311 72-76 (1998).

Alper, J.S., and Beckwith, J. Genetic vs. nongenetic medical tests: some implications for antidiscrimination legislation.  Sci. Eng. Ethics 4:141-150 (1998).

Alper, J.S., and Beckwith, J.  Racism: a central problem for the Human Genome Diversity Project.  Politics and the Life Sciences 18: 285-288 (1999).

Conrad and Gabe, eds., “Sociological Perspectives on the New Genetics” (Blackwell, 1999)

Parens, E. and Asch, eds., “Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights” (Georgetown University Press, 2000).

Alper, C Ard, A. Asch, J. Beckwith, P. Conrad and L. Geller, editors.. The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implication of Genetics in a Diverse Society. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. Baltimore. pp. 175-196 (2002).

Garwin, L., and Lincoln, eds., “A Century of Nature: Twenty-One Discoveries that Changed Science and the World” (University of Chicago Press)

Yashon, R., Shen, A., Geller, L.N. and Beckwith, J. “Race,” Ancestry & DNA: Where Do We Come From?  Lessons for high school classes.  Sponsored by the Genetic Screening Study Group, Watertown, MA.  (2006).

Beckwith, J., and Geller, L.N. Genetic discrimination: anticipating the consequences of genetic discovery. in:N.F. Sharpe and R.F. Carter: Genetic Testing: Care, Consent, and Liability. J. Wiley and Sons. pp. 146-156 (2006).

Morris, C., Shen, A., Pierce, K. and Beckwith, J.  Deconstructing Violence.  GeneWatch 20: #2 pp. 3-10(2007). Reprinted in Biotechnology in Our Lives, eds. S. Krimsky and J. Gruber. Skyhorse Pub., NYC. Pp. 233-244  (2013).

Beckwith, J., and Morris, C.A. Twin Studies of Political Behavior: Untenable Assumptions? Perspectives on Politics 6 (4): 785-781 (2008).

Vashlishan Murray, AB, Carson, M, Morris, C, and Beckwith, J (2010).  Illusions of Scientific Legitimacy: Misrepresented Science in the Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Marketplace.  Trends in Genetics.  26(11) 459-461)

Beckwith J, Carson M, Geller L, Morris C, and Vashlishan Murray A. Policy Response on NIH proposal for National Genetic Testing Registry. Published online (2010).

Genetics and Society Working Group  “Updates to the Science of Genetics and Race.”  Boston Museum of Science. Published online. (2011).

Beckwith J, Carson M, Geller L, Morris C, and Vashlishan Murray A. Policy Response on proposed information collection for National Genetic Testing Registry. Published online.

Carson, M. and Beckwith, J.. Genes, race and IQ. in Encyclopedia of the Life Sciences.  Editor, B. Bynum for Science and Society. MacMillan Publishing, London. 4 pages, (2009 and currently being updated)



Beckwith, J., Bergman, K., Carson, M.J., Dorr, T., Geller, L., Krimsky, S., Martin, C., Pierce, R., and Vashlishan-Murray, A., Warren, C., Zichterman C. Dialogues on Genetics, Ancestry, and Race:  My DNA Ancestry Test Says This!!!  Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge, MA.  April 20, 2016

Beckwith, J., Bergman, K., Carson, M.J., Dorr, T., Geller, L., Krimsky, S., Pierce, R., and Vashlishan-Murray, A. Genetic Genealogy:  My DNA Ancestry Test Says This!!!  Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge, MA.  April 22, 2015

Beckwith, B., Connor, D., and Vashlishan-Murray, A.  Moderator: Carson, M.J. Genetic Genealogy:  How Much Can Your DNA Tell You?  Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge, MA.  April 26, 2013

Beckwith, J., Carson, M.J. and Taylor, P. and Vashlishan-Murray, A.  Health:  What’s Race got to do with it?  Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge, MA.  April 26, 2012

Bond, B., Carson, M.J. Fein, K.. and Vashlishan-Murray, A.  A BSU sponsored trip for over 20 faculty, staff and students was organized to visit the Boston Museum of Science Exhibit Race are We So Different?  Following the tour of the exhibit, Talk Circles were held at the MOS to discuss important messages from the exhibit. Museum of Science, Boston, MA.  April 23, 2011

Carson, M.J., Fullwiley, D., and Taylor, P.  High School Science Series Panel Presentation for students visiting Race Are We So Different? Museum of Science, Boston, MA.  April 7, 2011

Carson, M.J. interviewed by Dr. Susan Heilman for a Podcast titled, Race: The Boston Marathon and Human Classification. Recorded March 25, 2011

Beckwith, J., Carson, M.J. and Huggins, G. Has the Scientific Landscape Changed? Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Genes, Race and Health.  Current Science and Technology Stage, Museum of Science, Boston, MA. March 19, 2011