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Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-Extinction

Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-Extinction

作者 : Helen Pilcher

出版社 : BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING

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定價 : NT 715

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「作者對科學的本質與身為人類的意義,提出許多挑釁的問題,並有效地運用幽默,確保讀者參與其中,讓本書深具娛樂性與教育性。 」- Publishers Weekly

「作者以幽默、精準的方式,調查了一系列利用當今突破性的基因技術,讓已滅絕的野生動物重生並予以保存的驚奇計畫。(貓王又是另一種不同的野生動物了)」- Stewart Brand,WHOLE EARTH DISCIPLINE作者與Revive & Restore共同創始人

「閱讀起來輕鬆愉快但富知識性;買這本書能增進對現代生物學的洞察,也能更近距離地了解『重生行動』(De-Extinction)計畫。」 - Henrietta Verma,Booklist

由Helen Pilcher來解釋,使用尖端科技讓已滅絕的動物復活,絕對是獨特且當之無愧。透過這本書,她也讓讀者了解,讓一種已滅絕的動物有機會死而復生,這件事的嚴肅面與幽默面。如果你能讓一個人或一種動物復活,你會選什麼?作者談了她的幾個選擇,包括很久很久以前的恐龍之王─暴龍,和當代的搖滾樂之王─貓王。

從恐龍、嘟嘟鳥到尼安德塔人,本書揭示了DNA科學的新興領域,如何被用來幫助一種絕跡動物或整個種族,從牠們的石穴墳墓裡復活。作者說明了目前的初步行動,與未來保存絕跡動物的計畫,並從科學與蓄意不敬兩方面來評估,這些基因科技下的新產物,要如何適應牠們的新世界:試想,一隻寵物恐龍可以透過訓練學會翻身嗎?尼安德特人會喜歡歌劇嗎?嘟嘟鳥回歸後,會對人類展開復仇嗎?發人深省之餘,這本書也會讓你忍不住笑出來。

作者Helen Pilcher是一名專業的科學作家,擁有幹細胞生物學博士學位。她曾擔任《自然》(Nature)線上版記者,也曾是一間生技公司的資深科學家,負責策畫人類幹細胞用於移植至受損人腦的研究。她也是一名單人脫口秀藝人,曾在愛丁堡喜劇節與英國各俱樂部表演。她目前居住在英國華威郡。

If you could bring back one living being from the whole of the history of time, what would you choose? Comedian and former stem-cell biologist Helen Pilcher has thought about this problem, a lot. In Bring back the King, Helen explains the cutting-edge science that makes the resurrection of extinct animals a very real possibility, and highlights her choices from eras gone by, from the King of the Dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, From dinosaurs to Dodos, Neanderthals to rock legends, Bring Back the King explains how the burgeoning field of DNA science is being used to help resurrect not just individual animals but entire species from their stony graves. Funny, intriguing and informative, Bring Back the King describes current initiatives and future plans to restore deceased animals, and uses both science and willful irreverence to assess how these genetic Lazarus's might fare in their brave new world. Could a pet dinosaur be trained to roll over? Would Neanderthals enjoy opera? Could a returning Dodo seek vengeance upon humanity? Blending the very latest de-extinction technology with cloning, dinosaurs with rock legends, and hard-core popular science with plenty of gags, Bring Back the King is a book that you will simply have to read.
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