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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 (EPUB ebook)

By Carey, Nessa

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

ISBN 9781785784989
Barcode 9781785784989
Published 7 March 2019 by Icon Books Ltd
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781785784989
ISBN-10 1785784986
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Category Medicine
Medical Genetics
Gene Therapy
Science: General Issues
Popular Science
Genetics (Non-Medical)
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
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 Not specified

Description of this Electronic Book

'A focused snapshot of a brave new world.' - Nature

In 2018 the world woke up to gene editing with a storm of controversy over twin girls born in China with genetic changes deliberately introduced by scientists - changes they will pass on to their own offspring.

Genetic modification (GM) has been with us for 45 years now, but the new system known as CRISPR or gene editing 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 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 cutting-edge technology that will radically alter our futures and the way we prevent disease.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A brisk, accessible primer on the fast-moving field, a clear-eyed look at a technology that is already driving major scientific advances - and raising complex ethical questions.'

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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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