The Hope, Hype & Reality of Genetic Engineering: Remarkable Stories from Agriculture, Industry, Medicine, and the Environment

The Hope, Hype & Reality of Genetic Engineering: Remarkable Stories from Agriculture, Industry, Medicine, and the Environment

The Hope, Hype & Reality of Genetic Engineering: Remarkable Stories from Agriculture, Industry, Medicine, and the Environment

The Hope, Hype & Reality of Genetic Engineering: Remarkable Stories from Agriculture, Industry, Medicine, and the Environment

Synopsis

An introductory tour into the stranger-than-fiction world of genetic engineering, a scientific realm inhabited by eager researchers intent upon fashioning a prodigious medley of genetically modified (GM) organisms to serve human needs.

Excerpt

A scientific revolution is in progress that promises to alter all prior rules on how humankind interacts with the biotic world. Through the laboratory wizardry of genetic engineering, researchers have gained the ability to identify and characterize genes for nearly any biological function, modify these genes and insert them into living cells, swap genetic material freely among species, and even generate perfect genetic copies (clones) of whole plants and animals. By routinely engineering the genetic blueprints of living organisms, scientists today have capabilities far exceeding those of either Dr. Frankenstein or Dr. Doolittle of earlier fiction. Might some real-life GMOs (genetically modified organisms) of the modern era become uncontrollable monsters that turn against their makers, as did the stiff-legged brute of Dr. Frankenstein's creation? Or will they remain our obedient companions, faithfully carrying out their human-assigned roles, as did the pleasant and talkative animal friends of Dr. Doolittle?

This book provides scores of examples of how GMOs with novel and often bizarre genetic capabilities are being generated in the laboratory and sometimes unleashed into the wild. Through case-by-case descriptions of these . . .

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