Life As We Made It: How 50,000 Years Of Human Innovation Refined—And Redefined—Nature
by Beth Shapiro
- Science and Nature
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Due to the future release date, an order which includes this title will not ship until October 19, 2021.
Bending nature to our will
When the 2020 Nobel Prize was awarded to the inventors of CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool, it underlined our amazing powers to alter nature. But as biologist Beth Shapiro argues, this phenomenon isn’t new. Humans have been reshaping the world around us for ages, from early dogs to modern bacteria modified to pump out insulin. Indeed, she claims, reshaping nature—resetting the course of evolution, ours and others’—is the essence of what our species does.
In exploring our evolutionary and cultural history, Shapiro finds a course for the future. If we have always been changing nature to help us, then we need to avoid naive arguments about how we might destroy it with our meddling, and instead ask how we can meddle better.
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|Release Date:||October 19, 2021|