Parliamentarians anywhere in the world can request a free copy of the e-book

The genetics revolution will transform our healthcare, the way we make babies, and the nature of the babies we make, extend our lifespans, and ultimately alter our evolutionary trajectory as a species. Sonner than most people realize, the idea of humans as hackable data sets will become increasingly common and basic tenets of our identities, philosophies, and national and international political systems will be challenged like never before. We aren’t ready.

In his groundbreaking new book, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity, Jamie Metzl, a nonresident senior fellow for technology and national security at the Atlantic Council, explores these challenges and lays out a concrete action plan for what individuals, states, and the international community must do to optimize the tremendous benefits and minimize the potential harms of genetic technologies.

Hacking Darwin will be released in the United States and the United Kingdom on April 23.

Former Acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell, an Atlantic Council board director, calls Hacking Darwin “a must read for the entire planet.”

According to former White House national security official Richard Clarke, “Hacking Darwin is essential reading if you want to understand what will be seen as the most important thing happening in this epoch.”

Clarke will host Metzl at the Middle East Institute in Washington for a launch event on May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

“The genetics revolution is coming much sooner and with far greater implications than most people realize,” said Metzl, a former US National Security Council and State Department official and a current member of the World Health Organization international advisory committee on human gene editing. “Because genetic technologies will impact all of our lives, determining how they can best and most safely be used should be all of our business. Members of parliaments around the world have a particularly important role in helping guide this process and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to learn more about the issues and fulfill this essential function.”

Metzl and his publisher, Sourcebooks, are offering any member of any national parliament and any member of the European Parliament an opportunity to request a complimentary copy of the Hacking Darwin e-book by going to or and filling out an application form using their parliamentary e-mail address.

“The impact of overlapping and rapidly accelerating technological revolutions on global geopolitics will only increase in the coming years,” according to Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe, “and these issues must become a more central component of strategic dialogues at all levels. The Atlantic Council’s support for the wide distribution of Dr. Metzl’s ground-breaking book to parliamentarians around the world exemplifies the Atlantic Council’s commitment to helping navigate the critically important intersection of geopolitics and revolutionary technology.”

Sourcebooks publisher Dominique Raccah said: “Because Hacking Darwin is an essential guide to the genetics revolution designed to launch a global conversation on how genetic technologies can best be used to help people, Sourcebooks wants to make sure that parliamentarians around the world, key actors in the public engagement process, have unhindered access to this important book.”

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Jamie Metzl is a leading futurist and geopolitical expert, a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, and a member of the World Health Organization the expert advisory committee on the future of human genome editing. Dr. Metzl previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and with the United Nations in Cambodia. Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity is his fifth book.

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The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders.


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