Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts

Emily Anthes. Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Scientific American, $26 (256p) ISBN 978-0-374-15859-0
Animals are fascinating if reluctant soldiers in the biotech revolution, writes journalist Anthes (Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind) in this witty and thought-provoking book. Scientists, it turns out, have produced cyborg cockroaches, genetically altered mice whose brains we can control, and goats that express commercial drugs in their milk. Bizarre, to be sure, but undoubtedly beneficial: animals play a crucial role in the development of myriad products that make life better for humans. But what about the creatures’ quality of life? Many decry the use of animals in experiments (though Anthes points out that Americans spend $300 billion “every year eating animal flesh”), yet even Charles Darwin, a staunch opponent of animal cruelty, refused to “condemn invasive animal research.” Still, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to make that invasion less intrusive. Anthes argues that we are making our way through the ethical thicket. Ever-tinier microprocessors, receivers, and batteries let us tag and track “an ever-expanding menagerie of marine and terrestrial species,” from seals to bees and the currents and winds they travel on. Anthes is optimistic we will “use our scientific superpowers wisely” to make life better for both the “creatures that live in scientific labs and those that run them.” Agent: Abigail Koons, Park Literary Group. (Mar. 12)
Reviewed on: 12/24/2012
Release date: 03/12/2013
Show other formats
FORMATS
Open Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-4299-4952-1
Paperback - 978-1-85168-968-2
MP3 CD - 978-1-4526-6443-9
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-374-53424-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-4526-4443-1
Compact Disc - 978-1-4526-1443-4
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4676-4923-0
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.