It's 2006: do you know who all your children are? Did you know humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes? And why an adult human being resembles a chimp foetus? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction; is it worse than the disease? Ever want to design your own pet? Change the stripes on the fish in your aquarium? Ever think to sell your body fat; or donate it to charity? Or sell your eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars? Did you know one fifth of all your genes are owned by someone else? Come to think of it, could you and your family be pursued cross country just because you happen to have certain genes in your body?
Welcome to our genetic world: fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future; it's the world right now. Most of the events in this book have already happened. And the rest are just around the corner. Get used to it.
©2006 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Inc, USA. This edition (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK
When I finished listening to this book, I immediately went back to the beginning and listened to it all over again! Although it is written in a rather fragmented style which some might find bitty, most of these fragments gradually come together in an intriguing way, with the others acting as mortar, cementing them together; as Michael Crichton suggests, this is rather like a DNA strand. Follow the tale (tail?) of Gerard the parrot through the highways and byways of this most entertaining book, and laugh all the way! Michael Crichton has used humour to make very readable a subject which should concern us all. (I should have preferred less foul language, but most of this was uttered by pretty foul characters! Art reflects life...)
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