- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (July 28, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674005864
- ISBN-13: 978-0674005860
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,440,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Second Creation: Dolly and the Age of Biological Control Reprint Edition
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The full story is, however, inescapably complicated. The science and technology of cloning, at least by our method, takes us into some of the most esoteric reaches of biology...
Their subject is complex and requires careful reading, but the reward is worth the effort. Inevitably, the issue of human cloning is looked at in some detail, and all three of the authors find the idea repugnant and do not believe society will accept it:
The pressures for human cloning are powerful; but, although it seems likely that somebody, at some time, will attempt it, we need not assume that it will ever become a common or significant feature of human life.
The book contains a comprehensive glossary to explain the scientific terms and abbreviations. Colin Tudge is the author of several books including The Engineer in the Garden, short-listed for the British Science Book Award. --Carina Trimingham, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Scottish researchers Wilmut and Campbell are known to the world as the men who cloned sheep, producing in 1997 "viable offspring derived from fetal and adult mammalian cells." The world said hello to Dolly with amazement and alarm--would the next step be cures for genetic diseases? Carbon copies of you and me? Unspeakable monsters? Or just tastier mutton? Now Wilmut and Campbell team up with prolific U.K. science writer Tudge (Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers) to explain their work--and to distinguish facts from theories and myths. Human cloning, they say, "is merely a diversion--and one we personally regret"; animal cloning's real promise lies instead in the study and application of genetic engineering. Genetically identical cloned animals can help us study the way genes interact with one another and their environment, and can help treat common diseases. After a handy introduction to genes and DNA, the authors explain basic embryology, including mammalian egg cell structures, cell reproduction and "differentiation" (how a cluster of fetal cells "knows" where to grow an arm, and where a head) as well as their work in "pharming"-- engineering animals to secrete pharmaceuticals. And they track the growth of knowledge about cloning from fetal animal cells, which produced Dolly's precursors, Megan and Morag. A final chapter looks (reluctantly) at the far-off possibilities of cloned people. Because they're often explaining quite technical processes, Wilmut, Campbell and Tudge can sound dry even though each (the book is told in their separate, if quite similar, voices) writes very clean prose. Nevertheless, this book belongs in the hands of anyone curious about clones: after all, who knows Dolly better than her parents?
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