The Resource The impact of the gene : from Mendel's peas to designer babies, Colin Tudge

The impact of the gene : from Mendel's peas to designer babies, Colin Tudge

The impact of the gene : from Mendel's peas to designer babies
The impact of the gene
Title remainder
from Mendel's peas to designer babies
Statement of responsibility
Colin Tudge
"In the mid-nineteenth century, a Moravian friar made a discovery that was to shape not only the future of science but also that of the human race. With his deceptively simple experiments on peas in a monastery garden in Brno, Gregor Mendel was the first to establish the basic laws of heredity, laws from which the principles of modern genetics can be drawn. In this fascinating account, acclaimed science writer Colin Tudge traces the influence on science of Mendel's extraordinary ideas, from the 1850s to the present day, and goes on to ask what might happen in this century and beyond. The science of genetics holds the key to an enhanced understanding of the human makeup and allows for new ways of approaching such issues as the prevention of hereditary diseases and the effective conservation of endangered species. But genetic technologies are also instruments of tremendous power, and with this constantly expanding knowledge comes the responsibility of using it wisely. Cloning, genetically engineered crops, the research and results of the Human Genome Project, and the possibility of "designer babies" continue to force challenging choices on society. In The Impact of the Gene Colin Tudge provides new and vital insights into the ethics of modern genetics and raises the question of what criteria we must use with regard to this extraordinary and unprecedented power. A comprehensive and entertaining work that combines scientific history with a compelling discussion of the future trends of genetic technologies, The Impact of the Gene examines how the ideas that underpin the spectrum of all genetic issues are interrelated, and proposes that with a basic understanding of Gregor Mendel's theories and discoveries, all modern genetics falls easily into place. From a monastery garden in Brno to the laboratories of the twenty-first century and beyond, The Impact of the Gene provides a vital overview of the science of genetics." -- BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
Dewey number
index present
LC call number
LC item number
.T833 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
The impact of the gene : from Mendel's peas to designer babies, Colin Tudge
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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1. The future of humankind and the legacy of Mendel -- 2. The peasant and the scientist -- 3. Breeders, scientists and philosophers -- 4. From Mendel to molecules -- 5. What genes are and how they work -- 6. Mendel and Darwin: neo-Darwinism and the selfish gene -- 7. Genes for behavior: evolutionary psychology and the nature of human nature -- 8. Genes rearranged and genes conserved -- 9. The shaping of homo sapiens -- Epilogue. What should we do with all this power?
Control code
22 cm
1st American ed
375 p.
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
System control number
  • 22095755lw
  • (OCoLC)45460920

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