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Hacking the Code of Life: How gene editing will rewrite our futures

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By Carey, Nessa

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The cutting-edge science that will revolutionise the way we prevent disease

ISBN 9781785784972
Barcode 9781785784972
Published 15 April 2019 by Icon Books Ltd
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ISBN-13 9781785784972
ISBN-10 1785784978
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Publication Date 15 April 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Category Medical Genetics
Gene Therapy
Popular Science
Genetics (Non-Medical)
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Medical genetics - Popular works, Medical genetics - Popular works - Moral and ethical aspects, Genetic regulation - Popular works, Genetic regulation - Popular works - Moral and ethical aspects
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.042
Catalogue Code 972330

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'An enlightening introduction to what scientists have learned in the past decade about [epigenetics].'--Carl Zimmer Wall Street Journal 'Junk DNA provides a cutting-edge, exhaustive guide to the rapidly changing, ever-more mysterious genome.'--Linda Geddes New Scientist 'An excellent introduction to a fascinating new field that may revolutionize our understanding of human health and disease. Highly recommended.'--Library Journal '[Junk DNA], which is frequently humorous and well documented, does a fine job of explaining a complex subject for lay readers who are willing to put in some effort.'--Library Journal 'Carey's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious.... An excellent introduction to a subject that we are certain to be hearing a lot more about in the near future.'--Mark Diston The Register 'An exhilarating exploration of an exciting new field, and a good gift for a bright biology student looking for a career choice.'--Kirkus
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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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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