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The Resource Frankenstein's cat : cuddling up to biotech's brave new beasts, Emily Anthes

Frankenstein's cat : cuddling up to biotech's brave new beasts, Emily Anthes

Label
Frankenstein's cat : cuddling up to biotech's brave new beasts
Title
Frankenstein's cat
Title remainder
cuddling up to biotech's brave new beasts
Statement of responsibility
Emily Anthes
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • For centuries, we have toyed with our creature companions, breeding dogs that herd and hunt, housecats that look like tigers, and teacup pigs that fit snugly in our handbags. But what happens when we take animal alteration a step further, engineering a cat that glows green under ultraviolet light or cloning the beloved family Labrador Retriever? Science has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life. How are we using it? In this book the author, a journalist takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends. As she ventures from bucolic barnyards to a "frozen zoo" where scientists are storing DNA from the planet's most exotic creatures, she discovers how we can use cloning to protect endangered species, craft prosthetics to save injured animals, and employ genetic engineering to supply farms with disease-resistant livestock. Along the way, we meet some of the animals that are ushering in this astonishing age of enhancement, including sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the world's first cloned cat. Through her encounters with scientists, conservationists, ethicists, and entrepreneurs, the author reveals that while some of our interventions may be trivial (behold: the GloFish), others could improve the lives of many species, including our own. So what does biotechnology really mean for the world's wild things? And what do our brave new beasts tell us about ourselves? Here the author highlights both the peril and the promise of our scientific superpowers, taking us on an adventure into a world where our grandest science fiction fantasies are fast becoming reality
  • "A report from the frontiers of the scientific campaign to reengineer animals to fulfill human desires"--Dust jacket back
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Anthes, Emily
Dewey number
616.02/73
Index
index present
LC call number
QH442.6
LC item number
.A58 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Transgenic animals
  • Transgenic animals
  • Transgenic animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Cloning, Organism
Label
Frankenstein's cat : cuddling up to biotech's brave new beasts, Emily Anthes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Go fish -- Got milk? -- Double trouble -- Nine lives -- Sentient sensors -- Pin the tail on the dolphin -- Robo revolution -- Beauty in the beasts
Control code
ocn795174317
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780374158590
Lccn
2012029045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
8759683
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374158590
  • (OCoLC)795174317
Label
Frankenstein's cat : cuddling up to biotech's brave new beasts, Emily Anthes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Go fish -- Got milk? -- Double trouble -- Nine lives -- Sentient sensors -- Pin the tail on the dolphin -- Robo revolution -- Beauty in the beasts
Control code
ocn795174317
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780374158590
Lccn
2012029045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
8759683
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374158590
  • (OCoLC)795174317

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