Gmo Sapiens: The Life-Changing Science Of Designer Babies 1st Edition

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The book takes us on an engaging roller-coaster ride through thenew genetics, which could greatly impact many economic, policy and personaldecisions in the next few years.  It works hard (and succeeds) at fairlypresenting pros and cons, as well as capturing as durable a glimpse of thefuture as possible in this, the most rapidly changing technology ever. Manyreaders will be shocked at how close we are already.
     -George Church, author of Regenesis

Paul Knoepfler manages to convey the excitement andpotential of genetic engineering without sounding like Pollyanna, andcompassionate concern over its misuse without sounding like Chicken Little--ahighwire act that is all the more virtuosic for its seeming effortlessness. GMO Sapiens is informative, thoughtful,entertaining, and deeply humane.
--Nathaniel Comfort, Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology atthe Library of Congress/NASA and Professor, Department of the History ofMedicine, Johns Hopkins University

The bottom line is that, if you follow one or more blogs, you should read both this book and Knoepfler's blog. If you are not a blog person, I recommend reading this book as a good introduction both to the subject matter and to the methodology of a science blogger. The blogosphere will likely play an increasingly central role in airing scientific policy debates, and the "designer baby" debate will require species-level global engagement that will be influenced, if not determined, by blogs and other forms of social media.
--George Annas, Center for Health Law, Ethics & HumanRights, Boston University School of Public Health, School of Medicine, andSchool of Law, writing a review in the prestigious journal Cell 
Knoepfler's GMO Sapiens is a down-to earth introduction to the human use of new genetic technologies. An easy and enjoyable read...
--Dov Greenbaum in Science Magazine

It's a wonderfully well-written book that anyone can read, even someone like me who doesn't have a science background. He does a good job of leading the reader through the development of these technologies (from the basic idea of genetically altering plants to make them disease resistant) to the portrayal of these concepts in literature (Frankenstein and Brave New World) to movies (Gattaca - 4 stars on Rotten Tomatoes  a great film if you haven't already seen it).
--CIRM Stem Cell Blog

 This book is 250 pages of a digestible history of genetic modification and technologies and opinions that are leading to the very real and urgent threat of heritable human genetic modification...Reading this book is going to catch you up with the best of the best.
--Heather Main, The Node, the community site for and by developmental biologists

From the Back Cover

GMO Sapiens: the Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies is an exciting new book which takes a look at the cutting edge biotechnology trends that are making human genetic modification and cloning a more practical potential reality in the coming years. The convergence of advances in bioengineering, genetics, genomics, assisted reproduction and stem cells have brought us to the astonishing point where literally making new forms of human beings is possible. Surprisingly, some people and organizations are strong advocates for allowing genetic modification of humans while others feel equally passionately opposed. Meanwhile, the general public is largely unaware that we have reached this remarkable turning point in human history when we can literally change what it means to be human. As much as the public is engaged in the topic of genetically modified organism (GMO) foods, this book will capture their imaginations and fire their passions by educating them on the potential coming of GMO people while, at the same time, educating them.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 282 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-9814678537
  • ISBN-10 : 9789814678537
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : WSPC; 1st Edition (November 26, 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 9814678538
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
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