Magazine article American Scientist

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIMENT: Man-Made Evolution

Magazine article American Scientist

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIMENT: Man-Made Evolution

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THE ULTIMATE EXPERIMENT: Man-Made Evolution. Nicholas Wade. 162 pp. Walker, 1977. $8.95.

A timely publication, this book will be of interest to all who are concerned about science and the future of mankind. Using clear and concise language, Wade explains recombinant DNA research, or gene splicing, and the controversy surrounding it.

Gene splicing is at once promising and hazardous. Its glorious promise is the complete understanding of the genetic language and the application of this knowledge in the service of humanity. Its hazard is the possibility of creating new and totally unknown organisms that could threaten the survival of mankind. Controversy about gene splicing recently spread across the scientific and public media here and abroad.

As a staff writer for Science, Wade has been intimately involved with this topic. In fact, he coined the term gene splicing. The book, drawn from his articles published in the news section of Science, is well written, the style is fluid, and one will have little difficulty understanding the technical details. …

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