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BioEvolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World Paperback – October 25, 2004


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  • Paperback: 485 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159403057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594030574
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,666,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a consumer-friendly, entertaining style, the author introduces us to our future, one that will utilize more and more complex applications of biotechnology."

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Michael Fumento

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Travis Lawless on January 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a biomedical scientist. Although I am very familiar with my immediate field (vaccine design), I simply cannot keep up with the pace of biotechnology. For this reason I did find this book useful by providing an overview of biotechnology. I do warn non-scientist readers though. It is very obvious that Michael Fumento is not a scientist and does not understand the basic principles of biology. As just one example, DNA is not made up of two strands of protein, as stated on page 10. His lack of a biology background is further reiterated by the lack of references to primary scientific literature. I would gather that he is not comfortable with interpreting such literature. This is unfortunate as this is a requirement for someone to write authoritively on such a subject. For these reasons, I would not take most of his "conclusions" seriously. There is a tremendous amount of bias in this book and it is not well founded with a good understanding of biological concepts. I did use several of his references as a starting point to do my own literature research to better understand areas of biotechnology.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
You may often find science and medical news depressing. Not a day passes without one or several media scares, all screaming about imminent dangers that will adversely affect your health or even your survival. What can you do to clear this terrible feeling of despair off your mind? Try BioEvolution by Michael Fumento.
This book will give you a dose of reality you probably haven't heard much about - but should. As Fumento notes, biotech won't solve all of our problems but it has amazing potential to cure diseases for which we currently don't even have treatments, to feed a growing worldwide population with less land and fewer chemicals, to clean up our waterways and contaminated factory sites, and to transform our lives in wonderful ways we can barely imagine.
Right off you'll discover that biotech will produce unbelievable advances in medicine such as more effective vaccines for diseases like malaria, genital herpes, hepatitis C, cancer, the works. The only hope for an AIDS vaccine is biotech. And would you believe that you may be vaccinated against hepatitis, E. coli, and diseases that cause fatal diarrhea by eating a piece of fruit or a potato? There will be drugs that will zero in on tumors without attacking other cells. Like baldness and impotence remedies, treatments for aging are already moving out of the realm of quackery. Biotech will soon be used to extend both lifespans and the quality of life dramatically. Animal tests have shown incredible lifespan extensions of 50 percent or more!
If that is not enough to get you out of that funk, take a look at what's happening in agriculture. Gene engineering is already leading to miracle crops, in which the pesticide isn't sprayed on but rather built into the plants. That way the only bugs harmed are those that eat the crop itself.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Outback Aussie on November 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was reading this book in the hope to expand my knowledge of the field. Unfortunately while there is useful information presented the author is so one-eyed that it is impossible to know what is truth and what is his slant on the subject matter. A bit more knowledge and a lot less bias would make this a far better book. I must admit I found it very hard to read the book - not because of the subject (which is interesting) of even the writing style but the entirely one sided approach taken meant that nothing stated could be trusted without independent collaboration and this is very annoying. His argument does not need propaganda but carefully researched information - which unfortunately this is not. A lot of information is buried in here if you know what to look for it. A lot of scepticism while reading this book is necessary (unfortunately).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Every facet of biotechnology is fascinating, and even those embedded in it as scientist, engineer, or technican are always surprised at the rapid advancements in it that are now taking place. The biological world is an enormously complex picture puzzle, the pieces of which, thanks to powerful computational machines, advanced mathematics, and artificial intelligence, are just beginning to be fitted together. Once thought of as a purely descriptive science, biology is now quantitative, and engineers, physicists, and mathematicians are moving into it with great zeal.
Readers of all backgrounds will obtain an overview of the breathtaking advances in biotechnology in this book. It is fortunate that the author is not a sycophant for the biotechnology industry, but instead gives a sound apology for it, supported by scholarly evidence and references. Indeed, the book contains 147 pages of references and hyperlinks for the reader to consult if needed. Even if the reader does not have a background in biology or genetics, the presentation is detailed enough that such a reader can obtain the much needed insight into the powerful role that biotechnology will play in the twenty-first century.
Biotechnology, via transgenic strategies and other techniques in genetic engineering, has permuted the natural world, and has produced animals and plants that have surpassed, and will greatly surpass, any of the dreams of science fiction. Even more importantly, as is brought out in detail by the author, these animals and plants are bringing new ways to feed hungry populations and heal the sick. The human imagination is challenged by these discoveries, and no doubt will be even more so in the near future, as biotechnology continues its unrelenting advance.
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