By Elaine Dewar
The second one Tree records a organic revolution that would swap how you take into consideration the cloth international, your individual existence or even the inevitability of your personal death
Genetic scientists are busily pushing again the bounds of the humanly attainable, mountain climbing the branches of a tree of existence that has been grafted through guy, now not God. Elaine Dewar chronicles the lives, the discoveries, and the feuds between glossy biologists, exploring how they've got crafted the instruments to change human evolution. She travels the globe at the path of Charles Darwin and his highbrow descendants, telling the tale of James D. Watson and his companion Francis Crick, who first defined DNA; of Frederick Sanger, who invented easy methods to series genes and received Nobel prizes; of the pc scientists who placed the human genome at the world-wide-web. She visits businesses which are attempting to flip cloned sheep into pharmacies at the hoof, to resurrect prize cows from the grave, to transplant human genes into mice -- eventually trying to supply us immortality in items whereas attempting to maintain traders satisfied. As those stories spill out, we discover out how biologists study by way of doing: tearing mice and worms and flies and human eggs aside, twinning disparate animal cells and genes jointly -- growing clones and chimeras as outlandish as any sphinx.
In public, study biologists frequently show their strong intentions approximately curing the massive illnesses. In inner most, lots of them are forced by means of livid struggles to be wealthy, well-known and primary. Dewar lays naked the explanations, conflicts and fears of the boys and ladies whose task it truly is to trespass the bounds of what laypeople give some thought to moral and sacred.
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The Second Tree: Of Clones, Chimeras and Quests for Immortality by Elaine Dewar