ADAM PIORE, The Body Builders
In The Body Builders, Adam Piore contributing editor at Popular Science and Discover Magazine, takes us on a fascinating journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. Chronicling the ways new technology has retooled our physical expectations and mental processes, Piore profiles people who have regrown parts of their fingers and legs after terrible traumas, dips into the race to create “Viagra for the brain,” and shadows the doctors trying to give mute patients the ability to communicate telepathically. The new scientific frontier is the human body, and the greatest engineers of our generation have turned their sights inward --their work is beginning to revolutionize mankind.
BONNIE ROCHMAN, The Gene Machine
In The Gene Machine, award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman asks the questions: is screening for disease in an embryo a humane form of family planning or a slippery slope toward eugenics? Should doctors tell you that your infant daughter is genetically predisposed to breast cancer? Rochman deftly explores these hot-button questions, guiding us through the new frontier of gene technology and how it is transforming medicine, bioethics, and health care. Rochman tells the stories of scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; genetic counselors and spiritual advisers guiding parents through life-changing choices; Along the way, she highlights the most urgent ethical quandary: Is this technology a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of possibilities?
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