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The ability to quickly and easily modify DNA comes with the potential for great benefit, as well as great risk.


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Have you ever wondered or worried about genetic modification and cloning? Science writer Amy Maxmen shares the amazing advances genetic researchers have made since the 1970s. She shares the magical and mysterious qualities of DNA without shying away from potential dangers. getAbstract recommends her analysis to anyone who is curious or concerned about advances in genetic engineering.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How genetic engineering has progressed since the 1970s,
  • What benefits and risks it poses, and
  • How the race to patent genetic engineering technology is heating up.


In 1975, 140 genetic researchers met at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in California and agreed on how to contain high-risk genetic experiments. Since then, technology has moved rapidly. When the scientists met, genetic engineering was still relatively new, complicated and expensive. Today, genetic...
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Amy Maxmen is a science writer for National Geographic, Newsweek, Wired, and other publications.

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