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The Red Canary: The Story of the First Genetically Engineered Animal

 
 
Author
Tim Birkhead.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781620407578
Pages/Publication Date 268/2014
Daedalus Item Code 54696
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In the 1990s, the creation of Dolly the sheep made the public aware of cloning, and yet the process had its origins in the experiments of an amateur scientist nearly seven decades earlier. The author of The Wisdom of Birds delves into the work of Hans Duncker, a scientist whose unsuccessful attempt to breed a red canary nonetheless earned him the endorsement of the Nazi party, who saw the experiments' possible use in eugenics. The mid-20th-century breakthrough by Anthony Gill and Charles Bennett is also detailed here, and its ramifications for later genetic research.

"Tim Birkhead weaves deftly through genetic engineering, Nazi science, painting, music, exploration, class conflict, animal rights and much more. The detective story is gripping, the science authoritative. A treat, whatever your interests."—Helena Cronin

 
 
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