- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: FMS Publications; 4th edition (November 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981631606
- ISBN-13: 978-0981631608
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dr. John Sanford has been a Cornell University Professor for more than 30 years. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in the area of plant breeding and plant genetics. While a professor at Cornell, John trained graduate students and conducted genetic research at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.
At Cornell, John bred new crop varieties using conventional breeding and then became heavily involved in the newly-emerging field of plant genetic engineering. John has published over 100 scientific publications and has been granted several dozen patents. His most significant scientific contributions during the first half of his career involved three inventions: the biolistic ("gene gun") process, pathogen-derived resistance, and genetic immunization. A large fraction of the transgenic crops (in terms of numbers and acreage) grown in the world today were genetically engineered using the gene gun technology developed by John and his collaborators. John also started two biotech enterprises derived from his research, Biolistics, Inc., and Sanford Scientific, Inc.
John still holds a position at Cornell (Courtesy Associate Professor), but has largely retired from Cornell and has started a small non-profit organization, Feed My Sheep Foundation (FMS). Through FMS, John has conducted research in the areas of theoretical genetics and bioinformatics for the last 14 years. This book was the "first fruits" of those efforts.
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Top customer reviews
I was hoping that the wind might blow in just the right way, and the sun hit the paint just right, melting it, smearing it across the uncovered portions.....
But this book lays to rest any such notion.
In fact, we KNOW that systems tend toward decay and disrepair. They NEVER anneal themselves except in the very simplest of cases.
Sanford makes this argument quite well in the case of genetic teleology. He makes a case for the general attrition of information in DNA over time, with mathematical rigor.
This is intuitive. This is obvious.
Yet, the dream and the fantasy of natural selection lives on.
Update: on July 27, 2017, a study in the journal Human Reproduction Update reported that average sperm counts of men in the developed countries fell 59.3% between 1971 and 2011.