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Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures

Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
  

Just 45 years ago, the age of gene modification was born. Researchers could create glow-in-the-dark mice, farmyard animals producing drugs in their milk, and vitamin-enhanced rice that could prevent half a million people going blind every year. But now GM is rapidly being supplan... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781721386680
Published 11 June 2019 by Brilliance Corporation
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
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Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Narrator Cass, Karen
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ISBN-13 9781721386680
ISBN-10 1721386688
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Brilliance Corporation
Imprint Brilliance Audio
Publication Date 11 June 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
Edition Unabridged
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Narrator Cass, Karen
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Genetics (Non-Medical)
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 171mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 82g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Just 45 years ago, the age of gene modification was born. Researchers could create glow-in-the-dark mice, farmyard animals producing drugs in their milk, and vitamin-enhanced rice that could prevent half a million people going blind every year. But now GM is rapidly being supplanted by a new system called CRISPR or `gene editing'. Using this approach, scientists can manipulate the genes of almost any organism with a degree of precision, ease and speed that we could only dream of ten years ago. But is it ethical to change the genetic material of organisms in a way that might be passed on to future generations? If a person is suffering from a lethal genetic disease, is it even more unethical to deny them this option? Who controls the application of this technology, when it makes `biohacking'-perhaps of one's own genome-a real possibility? Nessa Carey's book is a thrilling and timely snapshot of a technology that will radically alter our futures.

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Author's Bio

Nessa Carey worked in the biotech and pharma industry for thirteen years and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Her previous books for Icon are The Epigenetics Revolution (2011), described by The Guardian as 'a book that would have had Darwin swooning', and Junk DNA (2015), 'a cutting-edge guide to the ever-more mysterious genome' (New Scientist).

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