Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Brand New Bird: How Two Amateur Scientists Created The First Genetically Engineered Animal” as Want to Read:
A Brand New Bird: How Two Amateur Scientists Created The First Genetically Engineered Animal
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Brand New Bird: How Two Amateur Scientists Created The First Genetically Engineered Animal

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Long before Dolly the Sheep or bioengineered corn, there was the Red Canary-the first organism to be manipulated by genetic technology, back in the 1920s. The effort to produce a red canary invoked all of the deep issues that troubled genetic engineering decades later: the nature of genes and how they work, the specter of eugenics, and the relative roles of nature and nurt ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 20th 2003 by Basic Books (first published August 14th 2003)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Brand New Bird, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Brand New Bird

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 90)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I read this when it first came out, but can't seem to find my copy of it. This book is about one of the first deliberately genetically engineered animals created in the modern era, a red canary. This seemingly harmless animal was on the forefront of the eugenics movement in 1930s Germany, and highlighted a number the eugenic's movement's scientific problems, namely the fact that environment is as much as determining factor as genetics. Red factor canaries were created by cross-breeding canaries ...more
Dec 15, 2008 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in science history, genetic engineering history, birds
This book tells the story of the development of the red canary by crossing it with a red breed of finch. Along the way it covers a lot of canary history as well as bird keeping in Europe, song birds, early genetic engineers, and concepts of eugenics. Though it is non-fiction the author is able to create a story to hold the reader's interest instead of just laying down a bunch of boring facts. He is able to make the two Germans who did most of the research into the red canary come alive into real ...more
A few interesting facts about breeding canaries and other birds, a subject about which I was completely ignorant before reading this. Too bad about the venezualan red siskin that is critically endangered now due to the pet trade and trying to breed it with canaries.

Spoiler Alert:
I don't know, maybe it is supposed to be common knowledge to everyone who would read this book that red canaries exist...but I didn't know it and I was in suspense for the entire book about whether or not they would succ
I'm enjoying this one. I don't read much biology and this is presented very well - it's entertaining and I've learned a lot about genetics. (Given that I started with very little background knowledge relating to genetics!)
Tina Policińska
Tina Policińska marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2015
Nikki marked it as to-read
Mar 22, 2015
Krissy added it
Feb 24, 2015
Brittany marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2015
Brittany marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2015
Evan marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2015
Jessica Poli
Jessica Poli marked it as to-read
Jan 11, 2015
Cionics marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2014
Tin marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2014
Emma added it
Nov 14, 2014
Emi marked it as to-read
Oct 14, 2014
Lauren marked it as to-read
Oct 10, 2014
Sam marked it as to-read
Oct 04, 2014
Aurelija marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology Since Darwin Great Auk Islands; A Field Biologist in the Arctic

Share This Book