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

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies used to focus on ailments and ancestry, and were marketed directly to the people tested. But...

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has now spent almost all of the $3 billion of public funds (which...

After the heritable human gene editing headlines of late 2018, and considering that the stakes include the future of human...