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    Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts (CD-Audio) By (author) Emily Anthes, Narrator Hillary Huber

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    DescriptionFor 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," 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, Narrator Hillary Huber
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 45 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452614434
    ISBN 10: 1452614431
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.9
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: PSV
    B&T General Subject: 710
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BISAC V2.8: SCI010000
    BIC subject category V2: TCB
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000, MED026000
    DC22: 616.0273
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 616.0273
    DC22: 616.02/73
    LC classification: QH442.6 .A58 2013B
    Thema V1.0: PSV, TCB, MKP
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    24 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Emily Anthes is a science journalist whose articles have appeared in the "New York Times," "Wired," "Scientific American," "Psychology Today," and other publications. She is also the author of "Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind." Hillary Huber garners consistently glowing reviews for her audio work. She has earned several Audie Award nominations, including for "A Field of Darkness" by Cornelia Read, and she is also an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner. "AudioFile" magazine says, "Hillary Huber's narration is lyrical enough to be set to music."
    Review quote
    "An elegant tour of the wild and fraught sideshow of animal biotechnology." ---Kirkus