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Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family (Ecco) Paperback – August 7, 2007
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About the Author
Lee M. Silver is professor of molecular biology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton Uni-versity, and author of Challenging Nature. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University, and he lives with his family in New Jersey and New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
My only qualm with the book was that it seemed somewhat biased in certain respects. He goes on giving scenarios that might occur in which a certain reproductive technology is of some aid. However, I do not think he goes in as much depth when it comes to scenarios in which these technologies will be of great harm.
Overall, I would recommend this book. The author has a lot of interesting and innovating things to say, and one does not need more previous knowledge of biology than is offered in a high school bio course.
The book is excellent, for the author gives brilliant arguments both supporting genetic technologies and countering many that don't. In addition, the author discusses possibilities in reproductive technologies that may be unknown to a reader, like myself, who is not an expert in embryology. For example, he discusses the occurrence (although rare) of natural-born chimeric human beings, who arose from the fusion of two embryos that resulted from the fertilization of two eggs that had been ovulated simultaneously by their mother. Another example discussed is the possibility of a fertilized egg winding up in the peritoneal cavity (in the abdomen essentially). This example was discussed in the context of whether indeed a man could carry a pregnancy.
Some of the other interesting arguments and discussions in the book include: 1. When addressing the assertion that it is unfair for only the wealthy to take advantage of genetic technologies for enhancing their progeny, the author agrees that it is, but he then states correctly that a society that accepts the right of wealthy parents to provide their children with a top-notch private education cannot use "unfairness" as a reason for denying the use of genetic technologies. 2. His discussion of the status of the embryo as human life, which he argues, brilliantly, is not.Read more ›
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Completely unnecessary technology and disgusting view for the future of the human race. The complete lack of respect for Mother Nature is sickening. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jason astroth
A good primer for understanding the possibilities which genetic engineering offers humanity, without getting bogged down in the 'nuts and bolts' of the skilled lab work necessary... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by David W. Behrens
This book presents some interesting ideas. Some of them are a bit controversial, so I would exercise a bit of caution. Overall, it's a pretty good book.Published on April 11, 2013 by Katherine
I highly recommend this book. It is at once provocative and well-written. Anyone with curiosity about, and concern for, our future as a species needs to become familiar with the... Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Lorraine Goldman
For those with no previous interest in genetic engineering, this book may provide some insight. However, it's self promoting and has little in the way of new or unique information.Published on April 13, 2011 by J. A. Burrus
It says in the bio the writer teaches at Princeton, but based on the writing, listless and without a compelling narrative, I can only hope the gentleman works as a subsitute... Read morePublished on March 5, 2007 by Chad W. Boyer
I received the book only a few days after I ordered it and it was in great condition. Thanks.Published on September 9, 2005 by Caitlin T. Couture