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The engineer in the garden : genes and genetics : from the idea of heredity to the creation of life

Author: Colin Tudge
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In The Engineer in the Garden, Colin Tudge leads us through the intricacies of genetic theory - from its earliest classical form, to plant and animal breeding, to cloning and the Human Genome Project. He explains and questions the presumptions and ramifications of every scientific assertion about "advance," including sociobiology, genetic counseling, the creation of novel vaccines, and the possibility of prolonging  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Tudge
ISBN: 0809042592 9780809042593
OCLC Number: 29912107
Notes: Originally published: London? : J. Cape, 1993.
Description: xii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Puzzle of Heredity and the Idea of the Gene --
2. The Reality of the Gene --
3. And After Many a Summer --
4. The Games Animals Play --
5. Sex --
6. Breeding --
7. The Age of Genetic Engineering --
8. Conservation, Evolution, and Murder Most Foul --
9. The Improvability of Man --
10. A New-Created Life --
11. Sense and Sensibility.
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"In The Engineer in the Garden, Colin Tudge leads us through the intricacies of genetic theory - from its earliest classical form, to plant and animal breeding, to cloning and the Human Genome Project. He explains and questions the presumptions and ramifications of every scientific assertion about "advance," including sociobiology, genetic counseling, the creation of novel vaccines, and the possibility of prolonging human life. Cautious but not alarmist, Tudge argues that these scientific advances have far outpaced our thinking about them, and charges us to recognize that since science is part of the social order, scientific literacy is no longer a privilege of but a requirement for citizenship in the global community. Our response to these new technologies must necessarily involve our deepest thoughts about democratic principles, economic theory, and the meaning of life." "A lucid and engaging overview of what we have learned thus far, The Engineer in the Garden is also a passionate and provocative work of social criticism."--Jacket.

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