The Genome Generation

Elizabeth Finkel
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The Genome Generation

Published

1 January 2012

ISBN

9780522856477

Pages

256

Weight

370g

Size

235mm x 156mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Genome Generation

Elizabeth Finkel
The year 2001 marked more than just the beginning of Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey, it marked the beginning of the genome era. That was the year scientists first read the 3 billion letters of DNA that make up the human genome. This was followed by a veritable Noah's Ark of genomes—sponges and worms, dogs and cows, rice and wheat, chimps and elephants—180 creatures aboard so far. So what have we learned from all this? How has it changed the way we practise medicine, grow crops and breed livestock? What have we learned about evolution? These are the questions science writer and molecular biologist Elizabeth Finkel asked herself four years ago. To find the answers she travelled the science frontier from Botswana to Boston, from Warracknabeal to Mexico and tracked down scientists working in the field. Their stories, told here, paint the picture of what it means to be part…
The year 2001 marked more than just the beginning of Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey, it marked the beginning of the genome era. That was the year scientists first read the 3 billion letters of DNA that make up the human genome. This was followed by a veritable Noah's Ark of genomes—sponges and worms, dogs and cows, rice and wheat, chimps and elephants—180 creatures aboard so far. So what have we learned from all this? How has it changed the way we practise medicine, grow crops and breed livestock? What have we learned about evolution? These are the questions science writer and molecular biologist Elizabeth Finkel asked herself four years ago. To find the answers she travelled the science frontier from Botswana to Boston, from Warracknabeal to Mexico and tracked down scientists working in the field. Their stories, told here, paint the picture of what it means to be part of the genome generation.

'The Genome Generation is absolutely riveting. These tales from the frontier are a 'must read' for everyone who wishes to understand our past—the logic of evolution—or take a peep into our exciting future at the creation of 'super plants' through 'digital agriculture'.'—R.A. Mashelkar, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow and India President, Global Research Alliance

About the author

Elizabeth Finkel holds a PhD in biochemistry and spent ten years as a professional research scientist before becoming an award-winning journalist. She is a contributing editor to Cosmos magazine and also writes for the US magazine Science. Her numerous awards include a Queensland Premier's Literary Award for her book,Stem Cells: Controversy at the Frontiers of Science. In 2011 she was named the National Press Club's Higher Education Journalist of the Year.

About Elizabeth Finkel

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