Creation by Adam Rutherford
How Science is Reinventing Life Itself

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7 Critic Reviews

However, Dr Adam Rutherford...is one of the best explicators of any science that I have read – in a field of good explicators, which is increasingly crowded. So even if you don't have a thing for biology, you will still find this entertaining; you will also find it informative and perhaps, ultimately, scary.
-Guardian

Synopsis

What is life?
 
Humans have been asking this question for thou­sands of years. But as technology has advanced and our understanding of biology has deepened, the answer has evolved. For decades, scientists have been exploring the limits of nature by modifying and manipulating DNA, cells and whole organisms to create new ones that could never have existed on their own.
 
In Creation, science writer Adam Rutherford explains how we are now radically exceeding the boundaries of evolution and engineering entirely novel creatures—from goats that produce spider silk in their milk to bacteria that excrete diesel to genetic circuits that identify and destroy cancer cells. As strange as some of these creations may sound, this new, synthetic biology is helping scientists develop radical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing crises—from food shortages to pandemic disease to climate change—and is paving the way for inventions once relegated to science fiction.
 
Meanwhile, these advances are shedding new light on the biggest mystery of all—how did life begin? We know that every creature on Earth came from a single cell, sparked into existence four billion years ago. And as we come closer and closer to understanding the ancient root that connects all living things, we may finally be able to achieve a second genesis—the creation of new life where none existed before.
 
Creation takes us on a journey four billion years in the making—from the very first cell to the ground-breaking biological inventions that will shape the future of our planet.
 

About Adam Rutherford

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Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He is an editor at Nature, writes for the Guardian, and regularly presents programs for BBC Radio 4 in the UK. He has also presented several acclaimed science series for BBC television, including the award winning three-part series The Cell. A geneticist by training, he has a Ph.D. from University College London.
 
Published June 13, 2013 by Current. 289 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 29 2013

While it is unlikely that scientists will synthesize a human in the near future, genuinely amazing biology is in the works, and Rutherford delivers a fascinating overview.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jan 28 2014

However, Dr Adam Rutherford...is one of the best explicators of any science that I have read – in a field of good explicators, which is increasingly crowded. So even if you don't have a thing for biology, you will still find this entertaining; you will also find it informative and perhaps, ultimately, scary.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Nick Lane on Apr 06 2013

We really do need to be informed, and this is the place to start.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Peter Forbes on Mar 27 2013

At fewer than 250 pages, Creation is the perfect primer on the past and future of DNA.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 15 2013

Most compellingly, he argues that increased biological research and experimentation might herald a shift that would rival the Industrial Revolution in terms of social change. There’s much to savor here—even in the footnotes.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by John Gribbin on Jul 05 2013

...the highlight of the book comes...where Mr. Rutherford takes an informed stand against the unthinking opponents of genetic engineering...His arguments are clear and compelling but not easily summarized in abbreviated form.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Karen R. Long on Jun 21 2013

Even if his predictions prove to be off, Rutherford delivers a timely and important dispatch from the field tilled by James Watson and Francis Crick...

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