Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity
"A gifted and thoughtful writer, Metzl brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril." — Siddhartha Mukherjee MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene
Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, Hacking Darwin is the must read book about the future of our species for fans...more
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Pros: There are a handful of interesting, thoughtful ideas about the near- and far-future consequences of genetic engineering, and the associated societal issues. It is a very good introduction to the state of genetic engineering (in animals, plants & people) today, where the technology is heading, and some of the outstanding ethical, policy, and geopolitical questions associated with it.
As an example, my favourite question the author asked ...more
It is frustrating that when I wanted to learn about genetic engineering, I got bombarded with opinions of the authors in the form of left wing and atheistic propaganda. Leave your bias and pe ...more
My problems with the title is that in some chapters it felt a little chaotic: there was no real drive or flow to the text and all seemed to be under the theme of the chapter, but nothing more. ...more
This book is not heavy on the actual science details—if you’re looking for those, you’ll be better to get another book, but if you don’t know that much about genetics, then there won’t be anything in there impossible to follow. It focuses instead on the various advances in genetics in terms of “what do they do”, “what do they entail”, “what could the results be”, and “how should be approach those?” (You can tell ...more
My takeaway: The future of baby making is harrowing! ...more
Jamie Metzl knows his subject matter very well and is an experienced writer: one does not need to have much familiarity with how human genome works or what the current state of science on the matter is to grasp his arguments. He covers a wide array of loosely related topics: genetic engineering, iPC research, IVF, embryo selection, genetic diseases, GMOs, politi ...more
I heard this author on the JRE podcast and was intrigued. While he covered most of the points in this book on the podcast, it should still be required reading.
One t ...more
I liked the style of writing, the clear explanations and how the author is able to talk about very complex topics in a clear and engaging mode.
This book is a lot of food for thought, highly recommended!
Many thanks to SOURCEBOOKS and Netgalley for this ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all opinions are mine.
This was an interesting read. Author Jamie Metzl writes with a style that holds the reader's attention, while effectively communicating the information.
This easy writing style makes the book accessible to the layperson. It is not written in the overly technical manner that is a hallmark of many other science books.
He covers a lot of ground in here. He starts the book theorizing about the increased utilization of IVF technology ...more
The technology and genetics explored include: preventing serious disease, improving immune response, selecting for physical traits, identifying personality, etc. Some of this technology is already here ...more
In 'Hacking Darwin,' author Jamie Metzl previews the future of human genetic engineering and the future of mankind. It's a science book for general audiences, so it's a bit of a lift but not unmanageable.
The book begins with a refresher on evolution and genetics, moves through a discussion of eugenics, and proceeds to discuss how mankind will press the "fast forward" button on human evolution to reduce genetic disease, slow the aging process, and select fo ...more
The future of human reproduction may lie in In vitro fertilisation(IVF) and embryo selection to screen for desired ...more
Metzl's juxtaposition of state-of-the-art with future implications works extremely well for presenting research material while not burying the reader in piles of scientific literature. The questions he asks and the Gattaca-like future he pictures will lea ...more
Soon our tools will be capable of altering our own genes which will change what it means to be human. This book is an essential read for anyone interested in the technologies used as well as the related ethics questions the topic raises.
The first “test tube baby” was born using IVF in 1978. The human genome was fully sequenced in 2003. CRISPR, a method to cut and paste different genetic code into DNA, was developed in 1988 but first used on human cells in 2013. The combination of these three advances will soon allow IVF embryos to be selected for freedom from disease, hair/eye color, and gender. The ability to s ...more
We're already seeing it or have already seen some preliminary examples of it in IVF, in targeted cancer treatments and immunotherapy, in genetic screenings which give people a warning about inherited conditions or potentially harmful mutations that are present in their DNA. With technology, science, and research gaining steam fast, Metzl argues it's only a matter of time before genetic manipulation becomes not only more feasible but more beneficial ...more
Reading other reviews, it seems there is confusion on what the purpose of this book was. As a book informing the reader on the current technologies and advance ...more