Summary of The Body Builders
THE BODY BUILDERS: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human by Adam Piore. Copyright © 2017 by Adam Piore. Published by arrangement with Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Moral questions surround bioengineering – the interface of science and biology. Will future interactions save people from disease and injury or spur exploitation of reengineered bodies and body parts by driven athletes and the immortality-seeking wealthy? Science journalist Adam Piore offers in-depth case studies of prominent bioengineers, their breakthroughs, real-life “superhumans” and ordinary people who are benefiting from bioengineering. Piore provides a glimpse into a not-so-distant future in which physical and mental “human augmentation” techniques will reverse brain damage, aid the paralyzed and enhance the lives of the healthy. Medical scientists work with biology-inspired robotics, stem cells, lab-grown organs, electrical brain implants, and other revolutionary technologies. Big-business interests and military research feature in Piore’s account of the race for body and mind augmentation. getAbstract recommends his consciousness-raising exploration to future-watchers, innovators, technologists and anyone who wants to know how much of the medical future is already here.
In this summary, you will learn
- How radical developments in bioengineering are restoring function for the sick and disabled,
- How these advances herald an age of accessible “superhuman” abilities, and
- How the field’s pioneers are driving this science forward.
About the Author
Journalist and former Newsweek editor Adam Piore writes for Scientific American, Discover and Popular Science.