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    DescriptionWinner of 2014 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Best Young Adult Science Book Longlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award One of "Nature"'s Summer Book Picks One of "Publishers Weekly"'s Top Ten Spring 2013 Science Books For centuries, we've toyed with our creature companions, breeding dogs that herd and hunt, housecats that look like tigers, and teacup pigs that fit snugly in our handbags. But what happens when we take animal alteration a step further, engineering a cat that glows green under ultraviolet light or cloning the beloved family Labrador? Science has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life. How are we using it? In "Frankenstein"'"s Cat," the journalist Emily Anthes takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends. As she ventures from bucolic barnyards to a "frozen zoo" where scientists are storing DNA from the planet's most exotic creatures, she discovers how we can use cloning to protect endangered species, craft prosthetics to save injured animals, and employ genetic engineering to supply farms with disease-resistant livestock. Along the way, we meet some of the animals that are ushering in this astonishing age of enhancement, including sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the world's first cloned cat. Through her encounters with scientists, conservationists, ethicists, and entrepreneurs, Anthes reveals that while some of our interventions may be trivial (behold: the GloFish), others could improve the lives of many species--including our own. So what does biotechnology "really "mean for the world's wild things? And what do our brave new beasts tell us about ourselves? With keen insight and her trademark spunk, Anthes highlights both the peril and the promise of our scientific superpowers, taking us on an adventure into a world where our grandest science fiction fantasies are fast becoming reality.


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    Title
    Frankenstein's Cat
    Subtitle
    Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Emily Anthes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374158590
    ISBN 10: 0374158592
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PSV
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16750
    BISAC V2.8: SCI010000
    BIC subject category V2: TCB
    B&T Approval Code: A63010200
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
    DC22: 616.0273
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: B94650000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 616.0273
    DC22: 616.02/73
    LC classification: QH442.6 .A58 2013
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/BIOTAS
    Thema V1.0: PSV, TCB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Scientific American
    Imprint name
    Scientific American
    Publication date
    12 March 2013
    Author Information
    Emily Anthes is a journalist whose articles have appeared in "Wired," " Discover," " Psychology Today," " Slate," " Scientific American," "The Boston Globe," and other publications.""She holds a master's degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor's degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog, Milo.
    Review quote
    "Witty and well-researched . . . Despite her scientific expertise, Ms. Anthes can't resist playful perkiness herself." --"The New York Times ""["Frankenstein's Cat" is] far more than just a fascinating read about animal manipulation. As it touches the third rail of 'manipulating Nature, ' which seems to irritate non-religious liberals as much as evangelicals, its implications go far beyond controversies associated with animal biotechnology to the ethics of "positive eugenics" in humans. [Anthes] colorfully explores all the fascinating and in some cases gruesome ways humans are reshaping the animal kingdom . . . she thoughtfully pleas for reasoned contemplation and discussion rather than knee jerk reactions." --"Forbes ""In a fascinating romp through laboratories, barns, and pet stores, science journo Emily Anthes interviews the innovators pushing biological limits, and offers elegant explanations of neuroscience and genetics." --Ryan Jacobs, "Mother Jones ""Genetically engineered glow-in-the-dark fish for your fish tank. Cyborg beetles concocted by the Defense Department. Five hundred different strains of transgenic mice caged in a Chinese laboratory. Science journalist Emily Anthes has a knack for ferreting out such eyebrow-raising specimens, and she makes the details of her complex subject matter highly readable in "Frankenstein's Cat."" --"The Washington Post ""Anthes, a gifted science writer who lives with her cavapoo Milo, takes us on a journey from "petri dish to pet store" and beyond . . . this is a serious book with a light touch." --"Bloomberg ""A witty exploration of the many ways in which humans are reshaping animal bodies in the twenty-first century . . . an entertaining, intelligent book that casts new light on the shady gulf between man and beast." --"Nature" "Fascinating, sharp and a bit scary." --"New Scientist ""A profoundly hopeful and often funny book about how the dividi