Today we are developing a science that could change the world – for good or ill – more quickly and more profoundly than ever before. The science of genetics promises – or threatens – nothing less than the creation of life.
Colin Tudge leads the reader gently through the deepest intricacies of genetics. He traces its history. He explores its awesome power and its current applications. And he speculates on its thrilling – or terrifying – future. He has written an essential book for anyone interested in the future of the human race.
From Library Journal:
While a number of recent books have dealt with genetics, relatively few deliver a good balance between overall breadth of coverage and the intelligent, readable synthesis of the myriad issues introduced as a result of breaking genetics research. British science writer Tudge accomplishes this daunting task admirably. Beginning with a historical survey of the field, he continues with discussions of the principles of genetic replication and natural selection, then examines how those processes can be manipulated and what it all means to individuals and society. Stylistically, Tudge writes in a practical, disarming prose that is a refreshing contrast to the turgid voice favored by both alarmists and enthusiasts. The final chapter offers as good a summary of the ethical and public policy challenges raised by genetics research as can be found anywhere. Fine as an alternative or complement to Robert Shapiro’s The Human Blueprint (LJ 9/1/91) in any core collection of popular works on genetics.
Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Used Trade paperback (large) pages slightly browned from age, but absolutely a good copy.