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

Strands of DNA
By Pete Shanks, Huffington Post | 12.10.2014

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

A Troublesome Inheritance Book Cover
By Pete Shanks, The Huffington Post | 06.09.2014

Nicholas Wade's book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History has been out for a month, and the fuss,...

Six children are pictured standing side by side hugging in a classroom,
By Pete Shanks, Huffington Post | 10.28.2013

Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Education, recently provoked a flurry of complaints by...

In the News

A wooden-like figure of a child builds a colorful tower of blocks. The child sits in a background surrounded by white and black checkered flooring.
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 problems with this book begin with the title, which name-checks one of the most famous scientists in history and...

Sixty-two scientists, bioethicists, and biotechnology executives, including 10 members of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT), have...

With this deceptively simple title, Sheila Jasanoff reveals only a hint of the rich content in her latest book. Her...