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Hacking the Code of Life: How gene editing will rewrite our futures

Author: Carey, Nessa
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Pub Date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781785784972
Availability: In stock
Quick overview The cutting-edge science that will revolutionise the way we prevent disease
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'A focused snapshot of a brave new world.' - Nature



In 2018 the world woke up to gene editing with a storm of controversy over twin girls born in China with genetic changes deliberately introduced by scientists - changes they will pass on to their own offspring.



Genetic modification (GM) has been with us for 45 years now, but the new system known as CRISPR or gene editing 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 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 cutting-edge technology that will radically alter our futures and the way we prevent disease.

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