The Engineer in the Garden by Tudge, Colin
Pimlico | 01 January 1995
Paperback | 398 pages
This study details the various results that can be achieved from tampering with genetic material from ensuring the birth of a male rather than a female child, creating a cow with a vast milk yield, or creating mice that are programmed to die of cancer. The author indicates that already farmers release genetically re-shaped plants into the fields to produce nicer-looking apples, and that whole species of animals can be saved from extinction by genetic techniques. However, the book questions whether the geneticists actually know what they are doing, or are they just following their noses, as did our ancestors, when they developed fire and the axe and destroyed the forests.