Designer Genes

Designer Genes

A New Era in the Evolution of Man

Book - 2010
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This compelling new book covers the most important revolution since Darwin--how cutting-edge genetic science will soon allow us to speed up and transform our own evolution, and the moral choices we must make as we improve, alter, and even duplicate ourselves.

The fact is that, until now, human evolution has been exceedingly slow. But there's about to be a profound change in this process, with a perfect storm of revolutions in the fields of genetic modification, stem cells, DNA sequencing, and embryo manipulation. The result is that it will soon be possible for parents to consciously choose the genes of their children, defining their intelligence, appearance, athletic ability, and health. The ramifications could be enormous, with each generation smarter, more technologically proficient, and better able to design the genes of their offspring. Where will this evolution on steroids take us?

Designer Genes presents a balanced view, describing the underlying science in accessible terms and discussing the pros and cons of implementing this new technology. A leading expert in the field, Steven Potter covers a broad range of topics on this challenging subject, presenting fascinating details of case histories and ongoing discoveries: 
* the true story of "Adam," who as an early embryo was genetically selected to save his sickly sister
* the surprising human genome--and DNA sequence comparisons across species
* dogs, an informative example of human-driven evolution
* the sequencing revolution, with the price of determining a person's complete DNA sequence becoming much more affordable
* genetic diseases and what is being discovered about them every day
* stem cells and their almost magical powers
Designer Genes also investigates such controversial questions as: When is an embryo a person? Are we smart enough to pick optimal gene combinations? What will the government's role be?
Science has brought us an astonishing understanding of the genetic basis of life, as well as potent new power to guide the genetic destiny of humanity. What will we do next?
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
ISBN: 9781400069057
Branch Call Number: 611.01816 POT 2010
Characteristics: viii, 188 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Nov 30, 2016

An interesting look at the current technology and future ethical implications for genetic modifications of human embryos. The author makes some compelling cases for genetic modifications to prevent genetic diseases, however where will the line be drawn in the future. Worth reading if you are interested.

Jan 05, 2011

I am not for censorship but this book is racist in that it discriminates against any "non-perfect" people and proposes genetic selection as in Nazi Germany.

It should be indicated that it is in a rationalization of Genetic Selection, andsuggests committee decisions for those not 'smart' enough to decide for themselves.

The science is moderately well explained but the rest of it is should be indicated as racist.


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Jan 05, 2011

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Jan 05, 2011

Page 130-131

"Let the parents decide how to order the relative importance of different traits, and let the parents decide which available combinations are more desirable"

"in these cases should we let the parents decide or should there be some state-enforced guidelines?"

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