The Red Canary: The Story of the First Genetically Engineered Animal (Paperback)
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The Red Canary: The Story of the First Genetically Engineered Animal (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/01/2014
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The creation of Dolly the sheep in the 1990s was for many people the start of a new era: the age of genetically modified animals. However, the idea was not new for in the 1920s an amateur scientist, Hans Duncker, decided to genetically engineer a red canary. Though his experiments failed, they paved the way for others to succeed when it was recognised that the canary needed to be both a product of nature and nurture. This highly original narrative, of huge contemporary relevance, reveals how the obsession with turning the wild canary from green to red heralded the exciting but controversial developments in genetic manipulation.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408847060
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 257 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


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Rich in historical detail, studded with curious characters - some of them human - and brimming with scientific insights. The Red Canary reads like a fine novel * Matt Ridley *
Takes a small episode from history and draws a surprisingly important lesson from it, in an elegant and diverting way * Sunday Telegraph *
His grasp of the science involved is to be expected from a professor of behaviour and evolution. What is more surprising is his capacity to make it not just comprehensible but fascinating, but making his own genetic cross of science, philosophy, history, sociology and narrative * New Statesman *

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