July 11, 2009
Gregory Stock is the Director of the Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. In this role he explores critical technologies poised to have large impacts on humanity’s future and the shape of medical science. His goal has been to bring about a broad public debate on these technologies and their implications, leading to wise public policies surrounding their realization. Of particular interest to the program are the implications for society, medicine, and business of the human genome project and associated developments emerging from today’s revolution in molecular genetics and bioinformatics. The symposium he convened two years ago on the possibilities of manipulating the genetics of human embryos drew international attention as the first major public discussion of this issue among distinguished scientists and opened a global debate on this hitherto taboo topic.
A prolific author and recognized authority on the impact of new technologies on human society, Dr. Stock this year edited "Engineering The Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We pass to Our Children". His newest work, "Redesigning Humans: How Technology Will Redefine the Human Form and Character," was published in April 2002.
Dr. Stock has been an invited speaker to numerous academic, government, and business conferences, and was asked to submit an Advisory Memo to President William Clinton on the challenges of the next century. He makes regular appearances on television and radio, including CNN, PBS, and the BBC, and will be hosting a television series next year on the implications of recent research to retard human aging.
- See essays by this author:
- The Last Human
- See selected books by this author:
- Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism
- Redesigning Humans: Choosing Our Genes, Changing Our Future