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A Brand New Bird: How Two Amateur Scientists Created The First Genetically Engineered Animal, Birkhead, Tim
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Author Name    Birkhead, Tim

Title   A Brand New Bird: How Two Amateur Scientists Created The First Genetically Engineered Animal

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Basic Books

ISBN Number    0465006655 / 9780465006656

Seller ID   SKU9142082

0465006655 1st edition, Good. Page edges dirty from storage. 1st printing with full number line. Light to moderate wear to covers/corners. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

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Long before Dolly the Sheep or bioengineered corn, there was the Red Canary-the first organism to be manipulated by genetic technology, back in the 1920s. The effort to produce a red canary invoked all of the deep issues that troubled genetic engineering decades later: the nature of genes and how they work, the specter of eugenics, and the relative roles of nature and nurture in determining what an organism is. Behavioral ecologist Tim Birkhead describes how a sweet-voiced green bird discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1300s became a craze in Renaissance Europe, how breeders gradually turned its green plumage to yellow, and how a pair of German scientists used the first bit of gene technology in the 1920s to produce an almost-red canary. But the true red canary would not come until the 1960s, when British scientists successfully bred one, and genes alone would not be sufficient to create one. "A Brand New Bird" is a compelling tale of a fascinating episode in the history of genetics.

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