This is a new book that I am reading; it discusses the amazing break thru that has occurred in the last 5 years for gene editing (not GMO). This development is as momentous as the invention of the internet, computers, tv, phones, automobile, guns, electricity, indoor plumbing, etc. The cost effectiveness of it (costs reduced from hundreds of thousands to less than a hundred dollars), and the expediency of developing gene editing solutions (from years to less than a week), will impact food production, animal welfare, eradication of many diseases, longevity of life…both plant and animal, eradication of extinction and promotion of extinction. It is entangled with as many ethical and moral questions as we faced with the development, implementation, and control over technology, of the atomic bomb. It has phenomenal potential for good; and unfortunate sinister applications.
Yes, the first 4 chapters are difficult to read; but a good general understanding of the implications of gene editing can be gained by just reading chapter 5. Chapter 5 will probably hook you, and you will read the rest of the book. The good and bad news of gene editing is that the cat is out of the bag…….now what?