Evolving Ourselves

Evolving Ourselves

How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth

Book - 2015
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Though some harbingers of change are deeply unsettling, the authors argue that we are also in an epoch of tremendous opportunity. New advances in biotechnology help us mitigate the cruel forces of natural selection, from saving prematurely born babies to gene therapies for sickle cell anemia and other conditions. As technology enables us to take control of our genes, we will be able to alter our own species and many others--a good thing, given that our eventual survival will require space travel and colonization, enabled by a fundamental redesign of our bodies. Future humans could become great caretakers of the planet, as well as a more diverse, more resilient, gentler, and more intelligent species--but only if we make the right choices now.
Publisher: New York : Current : Current, Published by the Penguin Group, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781617230202
1617230200
Branch Call Number: 599.938 E596e 2015
Characteristics: ix, 371 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gullans, Steve - Author

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eferry Jul 10, 2015

It's pretty obvious, once we think about it, that human evolution is not over. In the past hundred years, we've managed to treat and overcome some of the most common illnesses- see most childhood afflictions- which had previously wiped out huge numbers of children under 5.

The authors are extremely optimistic about the future of humanity, and see all sorts of benefits for humanity once we've successfully figured out genetic manipulation- all concepts of environmental issues are brushed aside. This does allow for some interesting hypotheticals, but might leave some readers skeptical.

Still, a thought-provoking read.

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rpavlacic
May 05, 2015

This book's basic premise is that humans, and the environment around us, have changed faster in the 150 years since Darwin first delivered his theory of evolution, than in the billions of years that preceded that. And not for the better. This is a frightening book but it is one worth reading. If we don't heed its advice, we may be looking for another planet to live on by which time it will be too late to save ourselves.

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thebritlass
May 03, 2015

Accurately titled and subtitled, this is a must-read for anyone interested in science, or even in current events. Part exciting and part frightening, the latest research, presented in detail yet highly readable, provides excellent background on how we are affecting our genomes, epigenomes, microbiomes, and viromes, leaving us with the question - should we start consciously directing our evolution, because we can, and, in fact, we are.

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