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Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts


Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts

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Title: Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts
Publication date: 07/03/2013
Price: $19.95
Publishing status: Active

Adult/High School–Humans have been genetically modifying animals for millennia, quite possibly starting with the “evolution” of the grey wolf to our modern-day dog breeds. And despite the health problems that purebreds often have thanks to the limited gene pool available, few people have a problem with that kind of modification. In fact, pet lovers often think that they’d love a clone of Fluffy/Fido when their beloved companion passes on–technology now possible for those with enough money, even though clones may not look or act like the original. While we’re not at Jurassic Park quite yet, scientists are even capable of successfully resurrecting extinct animals. And certainly there’s nothing ethically wrong with GloFish, zebra fish modified to glow vibrant greens, blues, reds, and pinks under a black light. But where do we draw the line? Frankenstein’s Cat explores these and many other issues–mice in China, modified to be born with various ailments and prone to problems so that scientists can study and cure them; pigs bred for the valves that can save heart patients; and the use of a prosthetic fin on a dolphin,; not to mention “Neuticles” for castrated animals; and more. Written in a chatty style, this book will fascinate not only students looking for ethical issues to debate or where science is going in terms of animals (or what PETA might get involved with next), but anyone interested in the topic of the intersection of humans and animals. The notes at the end are extensive, leading to many great resources for further research.–Laura Pearle, The Center for Fiction, New York City

ISBN: 9781851689682