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The Resource Shrinking the cat : genetic engineering before we knew about genes, Sue Hubbell ; with illustrations by Liddy Hubbell

Shrinking the cat : genetic engineering before we knew about genes, Sue Hubbell ; with illustrations by Liddy Hubbell

Label
Shrinking the cat : genetic engineering before we knew about genes
Title
Shrinking the cat
Title remainder
genetic engineering before we knew about genes
Statement of responsibility
Sue Hubbell ; with illustrations by Liddy Hubbell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Genetic engineering isn't new. People have been tinkering with the genes of other species for a long, long time. In Shrinking the Cat, Sue Hubbell shows how this kind of tinkering is the definition of humanness by telling the stories of four important species we have created. She tells how we made cats easier to live with by making them smaller and more placid, taking out much of the alertness that natural selection had packed in. How ancient farmers turned a wild grass into corn, a tremendously important crop that can't live without us. How silkworms were smuggled from China to the West and bred to be completely dependent on people. How silk traders picked up and spread wild apples in their travels, and how we have manipulated the apples' complex genetics to grow only the best-tasting ones - and then made them prettier but flavorless. Today's tools are new, but we were engineering genes even before we knew about them, and we made some mistakes along the way. For example, gypsy moths that regularly defoliate trees arrived through efforts to breed silkworms suitable to American climates. And as we made cats smaller, rats got bigger; in cities today, cats are as likely to feed beside rats as on them." "Genetic engineering is controversial now. Some see it as a source of great benefits and great profits; others see it as a nightmare. Sue Hubbell shows that if we ignore our own history, pretending that genetic engineering is something new and dangerous, we are condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hubbell, Sue
Dewey number
660/.65
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
S494
LC item number
.H83 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Breeding
  • Genetic engineering
Label
Shrinking the cat : genetic engineering before we knew about genes, Sue Hubbell ; with illustrations by Liddy Hubbell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
46671100
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiv, 175 pages
Isbn
9780618040278
Lccn
2001024547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Shrinking the cat : genetic engineering before we knew about genes, Sue Hubbell ; with illustrations by Liddy Hubbell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
46671100
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiv, 175 pages
Isbn
9780618040278
Lccn
2001024547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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