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Dr. Gregory Stock, a biotech entrepreneur, bioethicist, best-selling author and public communicator is a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomic and other advanced technologies in the life sciences. He founded the influential Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine in 1997 and served as its director for ten years while leading a broad effort to explore critical technologies poised to impact humanity’s future and reshape medical science. Through a series of high-profile symposia, lectures, and media appearances, Stock has catalyzed broad public debate about the social and public policy implications of today’s revolution in molecular genetics and bioinformatics, and about how most effectively to translate progress in basic science into improved therapeutics and healthcare.
Dr. Stock is a strong advocate for aggressive biomedical funding and research, and for cautious governmental oversight. In 2004, Stock co-founded Signum Biosciences, a Princeton University spinoff created to develop a new class of anti-inflammatories and therapeutics for neurodegeneration. He served as the CEO of Signum for 6 years directing efforts there to develop promising pharma candidates for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Dr. Stock has been an invited speaker to many academic, government and business conferences. He sits on the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics, The Journal of Evolution and Technology, and Rejuvenation Research and was invited to submit an Advisory Memo to the President on the challenges ahead. Stock has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, MIT Tech Review and Lancet. He makes regular appearances on television and radio, including CNN, PBS, NPR, Bloomberg and the BBC and frequently debates biotech policy with Francis Fukuyama, Jeremy Rifkin, Leon Kass, Daniel Callahan, Bill McKibben, George Annas and other prominent voices who would rein in biomedical research.
Dr. Stock’s book, Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future with Houghton Mifflin won the prestigious Kistler Book Prize for Science books and was nominated for a Wired Rave Award. Among his other books are Engineering The Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children with Oxford University Press, Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machine into a Global Superorganism with Simon & Schuster, and the best selling, Book of Questions with Workman Press, which has sold over 2 million copies, been translated into 18 languages and is now in its 61st printing. Sequels to that book include The Book of Questions: Business, Politics, and Ethics, The Book of Questions: Love and Sex, and The Kids’ Book of Questions as well as a new book that will explore how future technology will challenge our values and alter our lives.
Gregory Stock serves on the California Advisory Committee on Stem Cells and Reproductive Cloning and is the Associate Director of the Center for Life Science Policy Studies, a policy think tank at the University of California at Berkeley. He serves on the boards of Signum Biosciences and Napo Pharmaceuticals, a private pharmaceutical company with an important drug approaching approval for diarrhea associated with HIV retroviral therapy and Cholera. He has a Doctorate in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Harvard University.
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Forget worries about cloning people. In the future, technological advances will bring far more meaningful and controversial changes to our offspring, says Gregory Stock. As scientists rapidly improve their ability to identify and manipulate genes, people will want to protect their future children from diseases, help them live longer, and even influence their looks and their abilities. Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, clearly shows that neither governments nor religious groups will be able to stop the coming trend of choosing an embryo′s genes.
A groundbreaking work, Redesigning Humans tackles the controversial subject of engineering the human germline — the process of permanently altering the genetic code of an individual so that the changes are passed on to the offspring. Gregory Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, has glimpsed the inevitable future of biomedical engineering. Within decades, Stock asserts, technological advances will bring meaningful changes to our offspring; this scientific revolution promises to fundamentally alter the human species. With recent findings presented in a new afterword, Stock′s provocative assessment cuts through the debate to envision an age of radical biotechnological advancement and unprecedented human choice.
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