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Clone: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead
The birth of Dolly -- the world's first clone -- placed in our hands the secret of creation. Few discoveries have so altered our notion of what it means to be human, or presented such a Gordian knot of ethical, spiritual, and scientific questions. Noted science journalist Gina Kolata broke the news nationally in The New York Times and was the first reporter to speak with D ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 6th 1999 by PerfectBound
(first published January 1st 1997)
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Short but very good. Beyond Dolly, this book is ideal to learn about cloning from a purely scientific aspect (how, why and the whole history behind it). Sadly, although engaging the author doesn't go deep enough into the legal and moral sides of such a hot topic. Well written, clear but, I expected her to be more involved with ethical issues.
This book was one of them that sparked my bio-geekiness. Did you know that the mother of Dolly-the sheep Dolly was cloned from was tossed aside as though she meant nothing? Treated as ordinary laboratory waste while Dolly was celebrated? Or that Dolly was NOT the first animal cloned?
Good narrative description of events leading to Dolly, the cloned sheep. Not something that stuck in my mind particularly, but not a bad book either. I just don't like when the author's opinion is too strongly portrayed in the book. Good read, just not something I'd read over and over.
Kolata graduated from the University of Maryland and studied molecular biology at the graduate level at MIT for a year and a half. Then she returned to the University of Maryland and obtained a master’s degree in applied mathematics. Kolata has taught writing as a visiting professor at Princeton University and frequently gives lectures across the country. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with h ...moreMore about Gina Kolata