The Genetic Age : Our Perilous Quest To Edit Life



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Author: Cobb, Professor Matthew

Medical genetics

Published on 7 September 2023 by Profile Books Ltd in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 448 pages, 8pp section
128 x 198 x 30 | 366g

A TIMES ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022'The ideal guide to what is not just a fiendishly complex area of science but also an ethical minefield' Mail on SundayA new gene editing technology, invented just seven years ago, has turned humanity into gods. Enabling us to manipulate the genes in virtually any organism with exquisite precision, CRISPR has given scientists a degree of control that was undreamt of even in science fiction.

But CRISPR is just the latest, giant leap in a long journey to master genetics. The Genetic Age shows the astonishing, world-changing potential of the new genetics and the possible threats it poses, sifting between fantasy and the reality when it comes to both benefits and dangers. By placing each phase of discovery, anticipation and fear in the context of over fifty years of attempts to master the natural world, Matthew Cobb, the Baillie-Gifford-shortlisted author of The Idea of the Brain, weaves the stories of science, history and culture to shed new light on our future. With the powers now at our disposal, it is a future that is almost impossible to imagine - but it is one we will create ourselves.