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

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...

Grim reaper
By Pete Shanks, Huffington Post | 10.03.2013

Has Google gone right off the deep end? It's common for techies to be infatuated with transhumanism and other far-out...

Biopolitical Times

The direct-to-consumer DNA testing company 23andMe has partnered with Lark Health to “help you make improvements that work for your...

At the end of 2018, Bill Gates, the multi-billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, used his personal blog to ruminate on “what’s...

The biggest biopolitical news of the year was also the most significant, as is not always the case. Despite the...