Tina Stevens is Director of Alliance for Humane Biotechnology, a non-profit dedicated to raising public awareness about the social implications of new developments in biotechnology (www.humanebiotech.org.) An historian of US history with a specialty in the History of Bioethics, she earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley where she was a Mellon Dissertation Fellow and received an award for outstanding teaching. She also holds a masters degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, where she specialized in Law, Medicine, and Society. She received her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of San Francisco. She lectures in history at San Francisco State University and has taught courses in US history at California State University East Bay, and in Bioethics and Society at UC Berkeley. Dr. Stevens was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for the Study of Law and Society and at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, England. She has served as a consultant for the Judicial Council of California/Administrative Office of the Courts, and the National Center for State Courts, both located in San Francisco. Her book, Bioethics in America: Origins and Cultural Politics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000; paperback, 2003) was nominated for both the Frederick Jackson Turner Book Prize in American History and the History of Science in America Book Prize. She speaks frequently on college campuses on issues pertaining to the rise of biotechnology, especially the growing demand for women’s eggs, the history of eugenics in America, and the rise of techno-eugenics.
We are scholars, students, and activists working for a biotechnology that places the health and welfare of people and the natural environment above financial interests.
We network, speak, and publish on the social implications of biotechnological developments, especially those concerning human genetic manipulation. Areas of interest include reproductive and genetic technologies, human egg harvesting, cloning research, disability rights, biotech patenting, human-animal hybrid research, and synthetic biology.
We relate the social, political, and economic conditions common to the rise of human genetic engineering and of other genetically modified organisms (GMOs), recognizing that human commodification and the commodification of the natural environment are products of the same social processes.