These days, we personalize our pets, dressing our cats in Halloween costumes, and mixing dog breeds to find the one best suited to our life- styles. But what happens when we alter a cat’s genes so it turns green under ultraviolet light or clone the beloved family Labrador?
In FRANKENSTEIN’S CAT: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, Emily Anthes takes us from Petri dish to pet store as she explores the world of animal biotechnology. With our new tech toolbox, we can tinker with genes, transfer bits of DNA between species, and augment an animal’s capabilities with tiny electronic devices. Some of our “enhancements” are frivolous, but others could have a very real impact on our collective future. We can use cloning technology to protect endangered species, create state-of-the-art prostheses to rebuild the bodies of injured pets, and stock farms with genetically engineered, disease-resistant livestock. As Anthes steers a live cockroach with a remote control, discovers companies churning out armies of mutant mice, and explores the efforts to resurrect the woolly mammoth, she takes readers on an adventure into a world where science fiction is fast becoming reality.
With irreverence and spunk, Anthes highlights the peril and the promise tied to our scientific superpowers, and delivers a provocative book that will have everyone talking about the future of our feathered and furry friends.
• Longlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
• A Publishers Weekly Top Ten: Science Book of Spring 2013
• A Publishers Weekly Best New Book for the Week of March 11, 2013
• An Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month for March 2013
• A Barnes & Noble “Best Nonfiction of 2013” pick
• Winner of the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Young Adult category