Remaking Eden by Lee M. Silver
Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World

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On February 27, 1997, a stunning announcement appeared in the British journal Nature: for the first time ever, a mammal--a lamb named Dolly--had been successfully cloned from an adult cell. Less than a week later, scientists reported the successful cloning of a rhesus monkey, a primate whose reproduction and development is almost identical to our own. With two bold and hitherto unthinkable strokes, science fiction was transformed into science fact, preparing the way for a miraculous event that is, in all probability, inevitable: the cloning of a human being.

A distinguished scientist and professor at Princeton University, Lee M. Silver reveals what awaits us in the brilliant light of the new day that is now dawning. REMAKING EDEN is a fascinating exploration of the future of reprogenetic technologies--a cautiously optimistic look at the scientific advances that will allow us to engineer life in ways that were unimaginable just a few short years ago. Indeed, in ways that go far beyond cloning, and that are at once more thrilling and more frightening.

This is a brilliant, provocative, and necessary book. For better or worse, it describes the likely future of humankind--beyond fears both reasoned and unreasonable, beyond unrealistic utopian visions--an extra ordinary journey into a rapidly evolving tomorrow that no man or woman can forestall, but that we must all recognize and understand. REMAKING EDEN is an essential primer for that tomorrow.

 

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Lee M. Silver is professor of molecular biology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton Uni-versity, and author of "Challenging Nature". He holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University, and he lives with his family in New Jersey and New York.
 
Published December 1, 1997 by William Morrow. 317 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In attempting a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art of reproduction, Silver first considers the origins of human life in terms of how ""replicators"" of any kind--crystals, amino acids and now computer programs--make order out of chaos, and then moves on to the science surrounding acts...

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