Brenda Cooper

Reading Recommendation: Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes

Frankentein's CatI finished Frankenstein’s Cat on a recent long airplane ride.  There’s tons of information on the internet, but this is the only book I’ve found so far that deals with the GM animals topic that I’m currently in the middle of a series of Backing into Eden posts about. While I knew about roughly three quarters of the experiments that I put in my lists post, this book pointed me toward the others.  The seeds of the ethics post are there, although only one reference is directly from the book – the concept of “Do no harm.”  If you’re interested in this topic, this is an easy read that covers a lot of the ground at a high level.

It’s also quite accessible.  I like my science that way, particularly when I’m starting out with a topic. The book ranges rather widely across related bits of information with no real conclusions. That’s OK. I kind of think that’s where we are with our newfound abilities to play god with a test tube and a bit of fur or ancient bone.