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Description - Hacking the Code of Life: How gene editing will rewrite our futures by Nessa Carey

Just 45 years ago, the age of gene modification was born. Researchers could create glow-in-the-dark mice, farmyard animals producing drugs in their milk, and vitamin-enhanced rice that could prevent half a million people going blind every year.

But now GM is rapidly being supplanted by a new system called CRISPR or 'gene editing'. Using this approach, scientists can manipulate the genes of almost any organism with a degree of precision, ease and speed that we could only dream of ten years ago.

But is it ethical to change the genetic material of organisms in a way that might be passed on to future generations? If a person is suffering from a lethal genetic disease, is it even more unethical to deny them this option? Who controls the application of this technology, when it makes 'biohacking' - perhaps of one's own genome - a real possibility?

Nessa Carey's book is a thrilling and timely snapshot of a technology that will radically alter our futures.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781785784972
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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