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      Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum in Mountain View

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      June 11, 2019

      Tuesday  11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

      341 Castro Street
      Mountain View, California 94041

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      Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum

      Pete Shanks
      Human Germline Engineering in China and the World

      Based on the recent news that a genetic scientist in China has engineered mutations into human embryos, which were then used to produce babies, the “human future” in the title of Pete Shanks’ talk to TASC in 2016 (Extreme Genetic Engineering and the Human Future) may be closer than ever.

      Pete Shanks, a longtime consultant with the Berkeley based Center for Genetics and Society (CGS), has been active in a range of local and international political movements. CGS is a nonprofit information and public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of human genetic and reproductive technologies and other emerging technologies.

      Mr. Shanks attended Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and is the author of Human Genetic Engineering: A Guide for Activists, Skeptics, and the Very Perplexed (Nation Books). He is a regular contributor to Biopolitical Times.

      Pete will describe the technology used by He Jiankui, the scientist behind the gene-edited babies, summarize the reaction of the global scientific community (for ex., the March call for a moratorium on all clinical uses of human germline editing in Nature), and offer his take on the impact of this development on the notion of reclaiming emerging biotechnologies for the common good.

      Cost: Payment required - Lunch is $17 to $23, cash only, free for non-eaters, RSVP to (650) 969-7215 (leave a message)

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