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Author Church, George M. (George McDonald), author.

Title Regenesis : how synthetic biology will reinvent nature and ourselves / George Church & Ed Regis.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  572.86 CHURCH    Check Shelf
Description ix, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note "Hardcover first published in 2012."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-276) and index.
Contents Prologue: From bioplastics to H. Sapiens 2.0 -- -3,800 MYR, late Hadean : at the inorganic/organic interface -- -3500 MYR, Archean : reading the most ancient texts and the future of living software -- -500 MYR, Cambrian : the mirror world and the explosion of diversity : how fast can evolution go and how diverse can it be? -- -360 MYR, Carboniferous : the best substitute for petroleum is petroleum -- -60 MYR, Paleocene : emergence of mammalian immune system, solving the health care crisis through genome engineering -- -30,000 YR, Pleistocene Park : engineering extinct genomes -- -10,000 YR, Neolithic : industrial revolutions. The Agricultural Revolution and synthetic genomics. The BioFab manifesto -- -100 YR, Anthropocene : the third industrial revolution. iGEM -- -1 YR, Holocene : from personal genomes to immortal human components -- Epigenetic epilogue : +1 YR, the end of the beginning, transhumanism, and the panspermia era : societal risks and countermeasures.
Summary Regenesis tells of recent advances that may soon yield endless supplies of renewable energy, increased longevity and the return of long-extinct species.
Imagine a future in which we engineer resistance to all viruses, reverse aging, resurrect extinct DNA from the woolly mammoth, use molecular computers, and program bacteria to produce diverse plastics and chemicals. These scenarios may seem far-fetched, but pioneering geneticist George Church and science writer Ed Regis show that synthetic biology is bringing us ever closer to making such visions a reality. In Regenesis, Church and Regis explore the possibilities--and perils--of synthetic biology, a field that has the power to improve our health, increase our intelligence, enhance our memory, and even extend our life span. Now with a new afterword by Church, Regenesis offers a breathtaking look at the potential of this world-changing technology.--Publisher description.
Subject Synthetic biology.
Genomics -- Social aspects.
Genetics -- Social aspects.
Bioengineering. (OCoLC)fst00832028
Genetics -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00940138
Genomics -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00940231
Nature. (OCoLC)fst01034561
Synthetic biology. (OCoLC)fst01762461
Added Author Regis, Edward, 1944- author.
Other Editions: Reproduction of (manifestation): Church, George M. (George McDonald). Regenesis. New York : Basic Books, ©2012 (DLC) 2012013274
ISBN 9780465075706 (pbk.)
0465075703 (pbk.)
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