Hacking the Code of Life by Nessa Carey audiobook

Hacking the Code of Life: How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures

By Nessa Carey
Read by Karen Cass

Brilliance Audio 9781785784972
4.68 Hours Unabridged
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Just 45 years ago, the age of gene modification was born. Researchers could create glow-in-the-dark mice, farmyard animals producing drugs in their milk, and vitamin-enhanced rice that could prevent half a million people going blind every year. But now GM is rapidly being supplanted by a new system called CRISPR or ‘gene editing’. Using this approach, scientists 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 even more 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 technology that will radically alter our futures.

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Just 45 years ago, the age of gene modification was born. Researchers could create glow-in-the-dark mice, farmyard animals producing drugs in their milk, and vitamin-enhanced rice that could prevent half a million people going blind every year.

But now GM is rapidly being supplanted by a new system called CRISPR or ‘gene editing’. Using this approach, scientists 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 even more 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 technology that will radically alter our futures.

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Author Bio: Nessa Carey

Author Bio: Nessa Carey

Nessa Carey has a virology PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is a former senior lecturer in molecular biology at Imperial College, London. She worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry for thirteen years and is now International Director for the U.K.‘s leading organization for technology transfer professionals. She lives in Norfolk and is a visiting professor at Imperial College.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 4.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English