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Publisher's Summary

Genetic engineering, which refers to the direct manipulation of DNA, became a reality in the 1970s. In this audiobook, we take a look at how far the field has come, starting with a revolutionary gene-editing tool called CRISPR that’s taking the research world by storm. 

We then examine how CRISPR and other approaches are being investigated to treat disease, the fantastic-sounding research being done in synthetic biology, controversial efforts in modifying crops and saving species, as well as the numerous ethical issues raised in these areas.

©2018 Scientific American, a division of Springer Nature America, Inc. Scientific American is a registered trademark of Springer Nature America, Inc. (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Out of date info/Dislike Narrator

This is irrelevant and not to be taken as current break throughs.
I wish there was a current version because the subject is extremely important and interesting.
I’m also not a fan of Bernadette Dunn doing the narration for the subject. She’s better paired with other styles and subjects because she uses dramatic inflections in her voice that makes everything sound like fictional drama. It grates my nerves, but she’s extremely popular with Audible. I suggest sampling prior to borrowing or buying. Or just find another current book.

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Good content but poor narration

A nice collection of articles from Scientific American and other journals aimed at the non-expert wanted to learn more about advances in genetic engineering in animals and plants. It is helpful to have a solid background in biology to get the most from the articles. The stories are now somewhat dated, as most were published 5 years ago or more. The most annoying part of the book was the narration. The reader at times sound more like a robot than a person. The monotone, clipped reading can put you to sleep. The narrator also mispronounces numerous words in cringe-worthy ways, such as "glial" and "urea" for example.

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Poorly edited. Mostly a survey of companies

Loved the first chapter, but then it's like episodes of "60 minutes". Stories about specific researchers and their start-ups, not information about how the techniques work. Little or no references from those not affiliated with a particular study.

This might be good if you were looking for places in biotech to invest as a day trader, but for me I wanted to find out more about how gene sequencing, CRISPR, and RNA vaccines actually worked to make medicines. Mostly the chosen articles were about benefits of the latest wonder drug, with very watered-down explanations.

I do think the choice of topics was well-rounded, and some articles go into detail about the disease mechanism. But the title should have been "A survey of hot companies doing genetic engineering".

This is the third, and most disappointing, of the Scientific American e-books I've experienced. For much more informative works, see Black holes and Dinosaurs.

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  • 01-15-22

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