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Redesigning life : how genome editing will transform the world, John Parrington

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Redesigning life : how genome editing will transform the world
Title
Redesigning life
Title remainder
how genome editing will transform the world
Statement of responsibility
John Parrington
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Since the birth of civilisation, human beings have manipulated other life-forms. We have selectively bred plants and animals for thousands of years to maximize agricultural production and cater to our tastes in pets. The observation of the creation of artificial animal and plant variants was a key stimulant for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The ability to directly engineer the genomes of organisms first became possible in the 1970s, when the gene for human insulin was introduced into bacteria to produce this protein for diabetics. At the same time, mice were modified to produce human growth hormone, and grew huge as a result. But these were only our first tottering steps into the possibilities of genetic engineering. In the past few years, the pace of progress has accelerated enormously. We can now cut and paste genes using molecular scissors with astonishing ease, and the new technology of genome editing can be applied to practically any species of plants or animals. 'Mutation chain reaction' can be used to alter the genes of a population of pests, such as flies; as the modified creatures breed, the mutation is spread through the population, so that within a few generations the organism is almost completely altered. At the same time, scientists are also beginning to synthesize new organisms from scratch. These new technologies hold much promise for improving lives. Genome editing has already been used clinically to treat AIDS patients, by genetically modifying their white blood cells to be resistant to HIV. In agriculture, genome editing could be used to engineer species with increased food output, and the ability to thrive in challenging climates. New bacterial forms may be used to generate energy. John Parrington explains the nature and possibilities of these new scientific developments, which could usher in a brave, new world. We must rapidly come to understand its implications if we are to direct its huge potential to the good of humanity and the planet
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Parrington, John
Dewey number
660.6/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QH442
LC item number
.P375 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2016 I-949
  • QU 550.5.G47
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Genomics
  • Genetic engineering
  • Gene Editing
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genomics
  • Genomics
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genomics
  • Technikbewertung
  • Genome Editing
  • Bioethik
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Redesigning life : how genome editing will transform the world, John Parrington
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-336) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the gene revolution -- Natural born mutants -- Supersize my mouse -- Light as a life tool -- The gene scissors -- Next year's models -- The molecular farm -- New gene therapy -- Regenerating life -- Life as a machine -- A redesigned planet?
Control code
ocn938360569
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 352 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780198766827
Lccn
2016933212
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780198766827
  • (OCoLC)938360569
Label
Redesigning life : how genome editing will transform the world, John Parrington
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-336) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the gene revolution -- Natural born mutants -- Supersize my mouse -- Light as a life tool -- The gene scissors -- Next year's models -- The molecular farm -- New gene therapy -- Regenerating life -- Life as a machine -- A redesigned planet?
Control code
ocn938360569
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 352 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780198766827
Lccn
2016933212
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780198766827
  • (OCoLC)938360569

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