Shrinking the Cat: Genetic Engineering Before We Knew about Genes

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 12, 2002 - Science - 175 pages
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In this timely and controversial work, Sue Hubbell contends that the concept of genetic engineering is anything but new, for humans have been tinkering with genetics for centuries. Focusing on four specific examples -- corn, silkworms, domestic cats, and apples -- she traces the histories of species that have been fundamentally altered over the centuries by the whims and needs of people.

 

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Every living thing on the planet has been genetically modified. Each generation forces changes on the next. Most of the time, this modification is natural and inevitable, but sometimes a helping hand ... Read full review

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Hubbell's book is fascinating and absorbing. I loved the cogent explanation of ginger/not-ginger cat genes in the formation of calico cats. I liked the section on apples too, though Hubbell's ... Read full review

Contents

Of Humanity Tazzie the Good Dog and Corn
xvi
Of Multicaulismania Silkworms and the Worlds First Superhighway
36
Of Lions Cats Shrinkage and Rats
80
Of Apples in Heavens Mountains and in Cow Pastures
120
Afterword
154
APPENDIX
161
SOURCES
163
INDEX
170
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Sue Hubbell was the author of eight books, including A Country Year and New York Times Notable Book A Book of Bees . She wrote for the New Yorker, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Smithsonian, and Time, and was a frequent contributor to the Hers" column of the New York Times .

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