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

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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)
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Allison
Dec 05, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing
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
Matt
Nov 11, 2009 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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
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Artslyz
Nov 07, 2012 Artslyz rated it liked it
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!)
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