- Hardcover: 485 pages
- Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893554759
- ISBN-13: 978-1893554757
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,611,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bioevolution: How Biotechnology Is Changing Our World 1st Edition
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"'BioEvolution' provides a sense of optimism and wisdom tempered by realism,...showing how human ingenuity can make life better." -- C.S. Prakash, Director, Center for Plant Biotechnology Research President, AgBioWorld Foundation, Tuskegee University
"Fumento takes the reader behind the scenes of the biotechnology business while lucidly explaining the scientific underpinnings of medical research." -- William W. Li, M.D., President, The Angiogenesis Foundation
"[A] wonderfully intelligent, well written, and wise look at...the new age of genetics and society." -- Bruce N. Ames, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and recipient of the National Medal of Science
About the Author
Michael Fumento began writing about biotechnology as a reporter for "Investor's Business Daily" in 1993. A senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. and a weekly medical/health columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service, he is also the author of several books including "The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS;" "Science Under Siege;" and "The Fat of the Land: The Obesity Epidemic and How Overweight Americans Can Help Themselves." His work has also appeared in "Readers' Digest," "The Atlantic Monthly," "Forbes" and other magazines.
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Among the best parts of this book, on page 274 , we can read:"Now that biotech is making the gap between American and European production even wider, it threatens to bankrupt European subsidy programs.So these governments, with the support of powerfull farm lobbies and cynical allies like Greenpeace, use any arguments they can cobble together to slap restrictions on grain and seed."
On page 284, there's a failure of this book:"The tale of Africanized bee is the most appropriate for our purposes because it shows the dangers of old-fashioned crossbreeding.Brazilian honey farmers sought to mate the hardiness of the African bee to the productivity of the European honey bee.Instead, they got superagressive bees that consume honey as rapidly as they produce it, leaving nothing for beekeepers to collect."
Nonsense.Africanized brazilian bees are the most productive bee iin the world.They can produce honey, in all the year.They produces more than 100 pounds of honey, in each year, for every bee colony.
This book also fails about the Vioxx, but it was printed before the vioxx's failures were showed.
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.
Indeed, one reads of spider genes inserted in goats, producing silk in their udders, and giving us ample amounts of the strongest fiber yet known. The benefits? Tissue repair, artificial tendons, and body armor for soldiers, to name a few the author mentions... the creation of transgenic mice that secrete human growth hormone in their ejaculate...eggs of transgenic chickens that have fourteen proteins....the list goes on and on. A perusal of his references reveals many more. The database of new animals and plants keeps growing and growing.
The author is fair in his assessment of viable biotechnologies, cautions against "science by press release", utopianism, and alerts the reader to the legal issues that confront the use of the different biotechnologies. His confidence and optimism though are refreshing and inspiring. He ends his book with the following words:
"The process has begun and it's accelerating. The ultimate benefits are unimaginable, while the near-term ones are incredible. Hold onto the bar in front of you and don't stand up. We're in for one heck of thrill ride."
Walton Cook, author of Buzzword, biotech novel.