Pete Shanks

Pete Shanks, MA, attended Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and moved to California in the mid-1970s. He has been active in a range of local and international political movements, while mostly making his living in the publishing industry, especially on the production side; he enjoys the craft of bookmaking. Appalled by the eugenic possibilities of biotechnology, he has consulted with the Center for Genetics and Society since its earliest days. He is the author of Human Genetic Engineering: A Guide for Activists, Skeptics, and the Very Perplexed (Nation Books) and a regular contributor to Biopolitical Times.

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Publications

"Proceed with caution" traffic sign, against a blue sky.

News broke this week that the first “three-parent” baby had been born. But the untested and controversial nature of the...

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On May 10, about 130 scientists, entrepreneurs and others held an invitation-only event at Harvard. Organisers told invitees not to...

Strands of DNA

Money and deals are flowing into companies that promise to edit genes. Human, animal, plant, all kinds of DNA may...

In the News

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By Pete Shanks, Deccan Chronicle | 01.01.2017

The next year may represent our best chance to prevent the rise of a modern, uncontrolled and dangerously ill-considered techno-eugenics....

Biopolitical Times

The cover of the book "Woolly" featuring the outline of a blue woolly mammoth walking on hills with a city skyline behind it.

Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, by Ben Mezrich;...

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A very small study published in Nature Methods on May 29 found that supposedly precise gene editing may cause “...

A plant is glowing

The prospect of plants that glow in the night gleamed brightly four years ago. And shuffled back into the darkness...

Talks and Testimonies

Synthetic Biology Shaping San Francisco hosted a forum on human genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Scientists working on glowing plants, hornless...