Genetic Engineering: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)

From the publication of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World in 1932 to the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, the public has long been fascinated by the idea that humans may one day be able to mold or even create life. In less than 30 years, genetic engineering has itself mutated from science fiction to science fact. Supporters claim such innovations as genetically modified crops and gene therapy are poised to bring unparalleled benefits by eliminating hunger and hereditary disease, whereas critics warn the dream could easily become a nightmare.

Packed with key facts and analysis, Genetic Engineering: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition provides an expert guide to the very latest discoveries in genetic engineering and genetic modification and the technology's complex ethical, scientific, and economic implications.