By Brian Tokar
In state-of-the-art global genetic engineering, animal cloning and new reproductive applied sciences are being promoted because the keys to a brighter destiny. yet lots of farmers, scientists, and anxious voters disagree. turning out to be facts exhibits that genetically engineered meals are harmful to our wellbeing and fitness and the surroundings. Animal cloning and human genetic engineering bring up troubling moral questions. This ebook examines the hidden dangers, and controversy, of those new genetic applied sciences.
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Redesigning Life? The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering by Brian Tokar