Quick Reads: "Frankenstein's Cat" by Emily Anthes
Emily Anthes interviews the innovators pushing biological limits.
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
By Emily Anthes
Advances in biotech range from the frivolous GloFish—America's first neon-glowing pet—to goats genetically modified to produce a human enzyme that may ward off the global childhood scourge of diarrhea. In a fascinating romp through laboratories, barns, and pet stores, science journo Emily Anthes interviews the innovators pushing biological limits, and offers elegant explanations of neuroscience and genetics. But though she touches on ethical considerations, Anthes puts a bit too much faith in her subjects' ability to make the right calls.