Gmo Sapiens: The Life-Changing Science Of Designer Babies 1st Edition
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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.
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).
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.
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- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #409,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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