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The Hope and Promise of Synthetic Biology
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The future of mankind is far from secure. I am among many who believe that humanity is in crisis; in particular, our personal health, the security of our food supply and the health of our environment all face potentially catastrophic challenges. Our health faces many unresolved dangers in the areas of cancer, infectious diseases and mental health. Rapid population growth and the many environmental challenges in our agricultural systems raise questions about how we will feed the world in the year 2050. Global warming and climate change are threatening our environments, and pollution is poisoning our land, lakes, rivers and oceans.

 

While these challenges are monumental and the future may appear bleak, there is hope. Imagine being able to:

  • Identify specific genetic mutations of a whole range of cancers and to develop personalized and specific therapies (i.e., cures), even at the patient’s bedside.
  • Modify the genetic mutation that predisposes people to suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disease, severe depression or addictive disorders and to offer effective cures.
  • Respond to any viral outbreak (such as Ebola, Zika, AIDS or even a nasty flu) with an effective vaccine produced in only days, or even hours.
  • Grow nutritious, inexpensive, high-protein foods in the widest range of possible conditions of temperature, sunlight, water and fertility . . . or even on Mars.
  • Create real meat without killing animals or to produce real milk without milking cows.
  • Provide plants with nitrogen from the air instead of having to mine or chemically synthesize expensive nitrogen fertilizers.
  • Reverse global warming by removing carbon from the atmosphere and using it as an energy source or material for advanced manufacturing.
  • Use microbes to clean up lakes and rivers, removing lead, mercury and other toxic materials and returning our waterways to pristine condition.
  • Design specific microbes to clean up toxic-waste dumps, abandoned mines and industrial sites, and even to clean up disastrous oil spills.

 

A mere six or seven years ago, these imaginings would have been purely the stuff of science fiction. Today, we have realistic expectations that they’ll happen — and that they’ll be brought to market within a decade, maybe even less. These are the products of what some call the “fourth industrial revolution,” a marriage of computer science and newfound knowledge in biology, particularly genomics. This book is about that revolution, a new field of science called synthetic biology and the hope and promise that it offers for the future of mankind.

 

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Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast

Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast

British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest
edition:Paperback
tagged : regional, botany
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The Cognitive Neurosciences

The Cognitive Neurosciences

contributions by David Poeppel; Charan Ranganath; Sarah-Jayne Blakemore; Michael S. Beauchamp; Daphna Shohamy; Paul J. Whalen; Dylan D. Wagner; John T. Serences; Laura A. Libby; Frederick Gerard Moeller; Aaron Batista; John C. Myers; Sinéad L. Mullally; Sabine Kastner; Danielle S. Bassett; Annabelle M. Belcher; Matthew F. S. Rushworth; Nils Kolling; Fred Rieke; Jay N. Giedd; Bradley B. Doll; Eddy Albarran; Nicole C. Rust; Dietrich Stout; Johannes Burge; Catherine A. Hartley; Tilman J. Kispersky; Kyle A. Meyer; Snigdha Banerjee; Gregg H. Recanzone; Courtney Stevens; Eve Marder; Jason Scott Robert; Marco Catani; Nathaniel E. Anderson; Ian G. Dobbins; Karen Emmorey; Jamal Williams; Thilo Womelsdorf; Jonathan B. Freeman; Patrick Haggard; Tirin Moore; Eveline A. Crone; Karl Deisseroth; Stefan Treue; Jon H. Kaas; Dylan G. Gee; Dean D'Souza; Lorraine K. Tyler; Charnese Bowes; Urs Schüffelgen; Lin Bian; Jörn Diedrichsen; James Rodger Fleming; B. A. Wandell; Leah Krubitzer; Scott A. Huettel; Markus Meister; Michael J. Kahana; Gregory J. Quirk; Alison Preston; Marlene R. Cohen; Marta Kutas; Pascal Fries; Melchi M. Michel; Kevan A.C. Martin; Anthony D. D'Antona; Melina R. Uncapher; Peter Hagoort; Manuel Gomez-Ramirez; Hanah A. Chapman; Alan L. Yuille; Alan M. Gordon; Chantal E. Stern; Kevin S. Weiner; Tyler Cluff; Andreea C. Bostan; Antonello Baldassare; Robert S. Turner; Bruno A. Olshausen; Stefan Leutgeb; Renée Baillargeon; Christof Koch; Beatrice H. Capestany; Lasana T. Harris; Stephanie Sloane; Nicole White; Hal Blumenfeld; Stephen C. Levinson; Eduardo Rosales Jubal; Elizabeth A. Phelps; Uri Maoz; Wei-chun Wang; William D. Marslen-Wilson; David Pitcher; Athena Demertzi; Lyn M. Gaudet Kiehl; Lenny Ramsey; BJ Casey; Daniel Marcus; Timothy R. Koscik; Olga Rass; Eric D. Roth; Ralph-Axel Müller; Jérôme Sackur; Maurizio Corbetta; Anthony D. Wagner; Amy Bastian; Adam K. Anderson; Helen Neville; Steven A. Hillyard; Timothy O'Leary; Steven P. Wise; Katrin Amunts; Anjan Chatterjee; Rainer Goebel; Thomas P. Urbach; Jill D. Waring; Julio C. Martinez-Trujillo; Olaf Blanke; André M. M. Sousa; Olaf Sporns; Laurent Itti; Kelly A. Zalocusky; Gordon L. Shulman; Kathryn L. Mills; Kevin N. Ochsner; Justin C. Cox; Mirjana Bozic; Michael W. Deem; Bolton Ka Hung Chau; Kyong-sun Jin; Anat Arzi; Mary-Ellen Lynall; Jacqueline Fairley; Nathaniel D. Daw; Daniel Yoshor; Sergi Ferré; Guilio Tononi; Leah H. Somerville; Jeremy Wolfe; Sibylle C. Herholz; Nora D. Volkow; Stephen H. Scott; Kent A. Kiehl; Tania L. Roth; Todd F. Heatherton; Yaniv Assaf; Gideon Yaffe; Roger N. Lemon; Franz-Xaver Neubert; Rachel I. Wilson; Anne-Lise Goddings; Felipe De Brigard; Behrad Noudoost; Elad Schneidman; James K. Rilling; James J. DiCarlo; Frédéric Crevecoeur; Justin M. Moscarello; Scott H. Johnson-Frey; Maital Neta; Adina L. Roskies; Peipei Setoh; Alexander Todorov; Steven Laureys; Asli Özyürek; Maureen Ritchey; Paul W. Glimcher; Joshua D. Greene; Ashley Royston; Asif A. Ghazanfar; Marcello Massimini; Naotsugu Tsuchiya; Walter Sinnott-Armstrong; Alicia Callejas; Gabriel Kreiman; Jarrod A. Lewis-Peacock; Nalini Ambady; Jonathan D. Power; Jennifer Blaze; Michael B. Miller; Morten H. Christiansen; Sid Kouider; Steven J. Luck; Victoria K. Lee; Todd M. Preuss; Nenad Šestan; Kenneth A. Norman; Danielle R. King; Xaq Pitkow; Jeremy R. Manning; Kara D. Federmeier; Lila Davachi; Douglas A. Ruff; Alard Roebroeck; Ayelet N. Landau; Wilson S. Geisler; Rodney Douglas; Benjamin Pasquereau; Eleanor A. Maguire; Jill K. Leutgeb; Steven S. Hsiao; Peter Mende-Siedlecki; Daniel Kersten; Ali Borji; Michael E. Hasselmo; Kalanit Grill-Spector; Scott T. Grafton; Richard P. Dum; Man Chen; Peter L. Strick; Adrienne Fairhall; Suzanne Wood
edited by George R. Mangun & Michael S. Gazzaniga
edition:Hardcover
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The Better Half

The Better Half

On the Genetic Superiority of Women
edition:Hardcover
tagged : evolution
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The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Hardcover
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