The Hope, Hype, & Reality of Genetic Engineering

Un libro in lingua di Avise John C. edito da Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, 2004

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"By any standard," notes Avise (genetics, U. of Georgia), "the potential benefits to be derived from genetic engineering range from the trivial to the momentous, as do the hazards." Primarily writing for a lay audience, he profiles a range of genetic modification technologies and their products, explaining the basic science and assessing likely benefits or dangers using a "boonmeter" measuring the societal merit of the particular project on a scale ranging from "boon" to "boondoggle." Monsanto's "Terminator" seeds and attempts immunocontraception for pest species such as rabbits are rated "boondoggles," while GM mice as research models and genetic molecular screening for humans earn the rating "boon." Some 65 separate technologies are profiled in all. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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