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How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution Hardcover – March 23, 2017
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But beyond the science of genetics, this is a story about government suppression of scientific research, covert experiments in the cold of Russia, adorable animals, and the inevitable bond between the foxes and the people who care for them.
If you love dogs or genetics (and even if you don’t) I highly recommend How to Tame a Fox. It will change how you look at our furry best friends. And make you want a pet fox.
Apr 02, 2017
Rebecca Jabbour rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, science
This engrossing account of dedicated Soviet/Russian scientists keeping a long-term project alive in the face of adverse politics and economics was a real page-turner for me. It made me wish I were there with Lyudmila Trut, the second author, as she discovered more and more tame traits in each generation of foxes in their breeding experiment and as she formed a close bond with one fox in particular. The science came across as a thrilling adventure; young people reading this book will get a sense of how immensely rewarding a life in science can be, but also how much sacrifice it can demand. Many episodes dealt with how national and global politics suppressed the progress of their research, and these felt like painfully relevant lessons to me. Long-term projects in evolutionary biology are invaluable but so difficult to maintain. It was wonderful to learn more about the heroes who have kept this project going and the ways it has moved our understanding of domestication forward.
I am a professor of animal behavior, and I am recommending this book to my students. But also my friends and family.
Paul J. Zak, Author of Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies (Agency/Distributed)