Regenesis

Author : George M. Church
ISBN : 9780465038657
Genre : Science
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“Bold and provocative… Regenesis tells of recent advances that may soon yield endless supplies of renewable energy, increased longevity and the return of long-extinct species.”—New Scientist In Regenesis, Harvard biologist George Church and science writer Ed Regis explore the possibilities—and perils—of the emerging field of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology, in which living organisms are selectively altered by modifying substantial portions of their genomes, allows for the creation of entirely new species of organisms. These technologies—far from the out-of-control nightmare depicted in science fiction—have the power to improve human and animal health, increase our intelligence, enhance our memory, and even extend our life span. A breathtaking look at the potential of this world-changing technology, Regenesis is nothing less than a guide to the future of life.
Category: Science

Gewalt

Author : Steven Pinker
ISBN : 9783104016160
Genre : History
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Die Geschichte der Menschheit – eine ewige Abfolge von Krieg, Genozid, Mord, Folter und Vergewaltigung. Und es wird immer schlimmer. Aber ist das richtig? In einem wahren Opus Magnum, einer groß angelegten Gesamtgeschichte unserer Zivilisation, untersucht der weltbekannte Evolutionspsychologe Steven Pinker die Entwicklung der Gewalt von der Urzeit bis heute und in allen ihren individuellen und kollektiven Formen, vom Verprügeln der Ehefrau bis zum geplanten Völkermord. Unter Rückgriff auf eine Fülle von wissenschaftlichen Belegen aus den unterschiedlichsten Disziplinen beweist er zunächst, dass die Gewalt im Laufe der Geschichte stetig abgenommen hat und wir heute in der friedlichsten Epoche der Menschheit leben. Diese verblüffende Tatsache verlangt nach einer Erklärung: Pinker schält in seiner Analyse sechs Entwicklungen heraus, die diesen Trend begünstigt haben, untersucht die Psychologie der Gewalt auf fünf innere Dämonen, die Gewaltausübung begünstigen, benennt vier Eigenschaften des Menschen, die den inneren Dämonen entgegenarbeiten und isoliert schließlich fünf historische Kräfte, die uns heute in der friedlichsten Zeit seit jeher leben lassen. Pinkers Darstellung revolutioniert den Blick auf die Welt und uns Menschen. Und sie macht Hoffnung und Mut. »Pinkers Studie ist eine leidenschaftliche Antithese zum verbreiteten Kulturpessimismus und dem Gefühl des moralischen Untergangs der Moderne.« Der Spiegel »Steven Pinker ist ein Top-Autor und verdient all die Superlative, mit denen man ihn überhäuft« New York Times» Die Argumente von Steven Pinker haben Gewicht [...]. Die Chance, heute Opfer von Gewalt zu werden, ist viel geringer als zu jeder anderen Zeit. Das ist eine spannende Nachricht, die konträr zur öffentlichen Wahrnehmung ist." Deutschlandfunk »Steven Pinker ist ein intellektueller Rockstar« The Guardian »Der Evolutionspsychologe Steven Pinker gilt als wichtigster Intellektueller« Süddeutsche Zeitung »Verflucht überzeugend« Hamburger Abendblatt
Category: History

Governing Medical Knowledge Commons

Author : Katherine J. Strandburg
ISBN : 9781108298735
Genre : Law
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Governing Medical Knowledge Commons makes three claims: first, evidence matters to innovation policymaking; second, evidence shows that self-governing knowledge commons support effective innovation without prioritizing traditional intellectual property rights; and third, knowledge commons can succeed in the critical fields of medicine and health. The editors' knowledge commons framework adapts Elinor Ostrom's groundbreaking research on natural resource commons to the distinctive attributes of knowledge and information, providing a systematic means for accumulating evidence about how knowledge commons succeed. The editors' previous volume, Governing Knowledge Commons, demonstrated the framework's power through case studies in a diverse range of areas. Governing Medical Knowledge Commons provides fifteen new case studies of knowledge commons in which researchers, medical professionals, and patients generate, improve, and share innovations, offering readers a practical introduction to the knowledge commons framework and a synthesis of conclusions and lessons. The book is also available as Open Access.
Category: Law

Humans In Nature

Author : Gregory E. Kaebnick
ISBN : 9780199347230
Genre : Medical
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Contemporary debates over issues as wide-ranging as the protection of wildernesses and endangered species, the spread of genetically modified organisms, the emergence of synthetic biology, and the advance of human enhancement, all of which seem to spin into deeper and more baffling questions with every change in the news cycle, often circle back to the same fundamental question: should there be limits to the human alteration of the natural world? A growing number of people view the human capacity to alter natural states of affairs -- from formerly wild spaces and things around us to crops and livestock to our own human nature -- as cause for moral alarm. That reaction raises a number of perplexing philosophical questions, however: Can we identify "natural" states of affairs at all? Does the idea of being morally concerned about the human relationship to nature make any sense? Should such a concern influence public policy and politics, or should government stay strenuously neutral on such matters? Through a study of moral debates about the environment, agricultural biotechnology, synthetic biology, and human enhancement, Gregory E. Kaebnick, a research scholar at The Hastings Center and editor of the Hastings Center Report, argues that concerns about the human alteration of nature can be legitimate and serious, but also that they are complex, contestable, and of limited political force. Kaebnick defends attempts to identify "natural" states of affairs by disentangling the nature/artifact distinction from metaphysical hoariness. Drawing on David Hume, he also defends moral standards for the human relationship to nature, arguing that they, and moral standards generally, should be understood as grounded in what Hume called the "passions." Yet what counts as "natural" can be delineated only roughly, he concludes, and moral standards for interaction with nature are less a matter of obligation than of ideals. Kaebnick also concludes, drawing on an interpretation of the liberal principle of neutrality, that government may support those standards but must be careful not to enforce them. Thus Kaebnick looks for a middle way on debates that have tended toward polarization. "As differences between nature and artifact become steadily less substantial, problems about preservation run to the core of how people can make sense of themselves, of each other, and of our shared world. Kaebnick's solutions are creative and compelling, theoretically elegant and politically practical. Providing distinctive ways forward, when much academic and policy discussion seems exhausted, his book demands wide attention. In return, it inspires hope." - James Nelson, Michigan State University
Category: Medical

Biotechnologische Leckerbissen

Author : Reinhard Renneberg
ISBN : 9783642371110
Genre : Science
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Wer möchte nicht 20 bis 40 Jahre länger als heute leben ohne Gedächtnisverlust und total fit? Biowissenschaftler prophezeien uns ein heiter-gelassenes Leben in Gesundheit bis ins Alter von 120 Jahren! Wie geht das? Kann der Goldene Reis Hunderttausende von Kindern vor Erblindung retten? Warum ist grüner Tee das ideale Schlankheitsmittel? Wie erkennt man rechtzeitig einen Herzinfarkt und rettet so sein Leben? Werden wir bald schon Steaks vom Tyrannosaurus rex aus der Retorte verspeisen? Könnten Mammut-Gene bei der modernen Kryokonservierung von Organen helfen? Haben Insekten eine eigene Weinkelterei im Magen? 69 Biolumnen von Prof. Reinhard Renneberg und Viola Berkling sind als Biotechnologische Leckerbissen mit sehr viel Humor angerichtet und machen als nunmehr drittes Taschenbuch der beiden Autoren Appetit auf modernste, wissensreiche und leichtverdauliche Erkenntnisse. Der chinesische Cartoonist Ming Fai Chow, der jeden Leckerbissen karikaturistisch garniert hat, meint dazu: “Das Auge isst mit!”
Category: Science

Evolving Ourselves

Author : Juan Enriquez
ISBN : 9780698174986
Genre : Science
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“We are the primary drivers of change. We will directly and indirectly determine what lives, what dies, where, and when. We are in a different phase of evolution; the future of life is now in our hands.” Why are rates of conditions like autism, asthma, obesity, and allergies exploding at an unprecedented pace? Why are humans living longer, getting smarter, and having far fewer kids? How might your lifestyle affect your unborn children and grandchildren? How will gene-editing technologies like CRISPR steer the course of human evolution? If Darwin were alive today, how would he explain this new world? Could our progeny eventually become a different species—or several? In Evolving Ourselves, futurist Juan Enriquez and scientist Steve Gullans conduct a sweeping tour of how humans are changing the course of evolution—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. For example: • Globally, rates of obesity in humans nearly doubled between 1980 and 2014. What’s more, there’s evidence that other species, from pasture-fed horses to lab animals to house cats, are also getting fatter. • As reported by U.S. government agencies, the rate of autism rose by 131 percent from 2001 to 2010, an increase that cannot be attributed simply to increases in diagnosis rates. • Three hundred years ago, almost no one with a serious nut allergy lived long enough to reproduce. Today, despite an environment in which food allergies have increased by 50 percent in just over a decade, 17 million Americans who suffer from food allergies survive, thrive, and pass their genes and behaviors on to the next generation. • In the pre-Twinkie era, early humans had quite healthy mouths. As we began cooking, bathing, and using antibiotics, the bacteria in our bodies changed dramatically and became far less diverse. Today the consequences are evident not only in our teeth but throughout our bodies and minds. Though these harbingers of change are deeply unsettling, the authors argue that we are also in an epoch of tremendous opportunity. New advances in biotechnology help us mitigate the cruel forces of natural selection, from saving prematurely born babies to gene therapies for sickle cell anemia and other conditions. As technology like CRISPR enables us to take control of our genes, we will be able to alter our own species and many others—a good thing, given that our eventual survival will require space travel and colonization, enabled by a fundamental redesign of our bodies. Future humans could become great caretakers of the planet, as well as a more diverse, more resilient, gentler, and more intelligent species—but only if we make the right choices now. Intelligent, provocative, and optimistic, Evolving Ourselves is the ultimate guide to the next phase of life on Earth. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Science

Biocode

Author : Dawn Field
ISBN : 9780191511578
Genre : Science
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The living world runs on genomic software - what Dawn Field and Neil Davies call the 'biocode' - the sum of all DNA on Earth. In Biocode, they tell the story of a new age of scientific discovery: the growing global effort to read and map the biocode, and what that might mean for the future. The structure of DNA was identified in 1953, and the whole human genome was mapped by 2003. Since then the new field of genomics has mushroomed and is now operating on an industrial scale. Genomes can now be sequenced rapidly and increasingly cheaply. The genomes of large numbers of organisms from mammals to microbes, have been mapped. Getting your genome sequenced is becoming affordable for many. You too can check paternity, find out where your ancestors came from, or whether you are at risk of some diseases. Some check out the pedigree of their pets, while others turn genomes into art. A stray hair is enough to crudely reconstruct the face of the owner. From reading to constructing: the first steps to creating artificial life have already been taken. Some may find the rapidity of developments, and the potential for misuse, alarming. But they also open up unprecedented possibilities. The ability to read DNA has changed how we view ourselves and understand our place in nature. From the largest oceans, to the insides of our guts, we are able to explore the biosphere as never before, from the genome up. Sequencing technology has made the invisible world of microbes visible, and biodiversity genomics is revealing whole new worlds within us and without. The findings are transformational: we are all ecosystems now. Already the first efforts at 'barcoding' entire ecological communities and creating 'genomic observatories' have begun. The future, the authors argue, will involve biocoding the entire planet.
Category: Science

Future Crimes

Author : Marc Goodman
ISBN : 9781473508460
Genre : True Crime
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* THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank-accounts and wiping out computer servers. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips open his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, but based in startling fact, Goodman raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly, will empower readers to protect themselves against these looming technological threats - before it's too late.
Category: True Crime

Der Algebraist

Author : Iain Banks
ISBN : 9783641086848
Genre : Fiction
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Wer die Wurmlöcher beherrscht, beherrscht die Galaxis Um die riesigen Distanzen im All zu überwinden, wurde ein Netzwerk aus Wurmlochkanälen geschaffen, und nur wer den Algebraisten – die Formel für die Wurmlochverbindungen – besitzt, kontrolliert dieses Netzwerk. Kein Wunder also, dass etliche Völker versuchen, den Algebraisten in ihren Besitz zu bekommen ... Spannende Action vor einem mehr als epischen Hintergrund – Bestsellerautor Iain Banks stellt ein weiteres Mal unter Beweis, dass er die große Science Fiction unserer Zeit schreibt.
Category: Fiction

Ich Will Doch Blo Sterben Papa

Author : Michael Schofield
ISBN : 9783641125752
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Jani ist erst vier Jahre alt, da befürchten Michael und Susan Schofield bei ihrer Tochter schizophrene Halluzinationen. Die damit konfrontierten Ärzte wiegeln ab, bei einem so kleinen Kind sei so etwas unvorstellbar. Doch der Verdacht bestätigt sich: Bei dem inzwischen sechsjährigen Mädchen wird Schizophrenie diagnostiziert. Jani lebt in einer Welt aus Halluzinationen und gewalttätigen Vorstellungen mit Hunderten imaginärer innerer „Freunde“. Eine Ratte flüstert ihr ein, ihren Bruder zu misshandeln, eine Katze sagt ihr, sie solle sich selbst töten, eine Stimme in ihr drängt sie dazu, aus dem Fenster zu springen. Und mittendrin in diesem Chaos aus nicht enden wollenden Wahnvorstellungen und Wutanfällen: Janis Eltern, die alles daransetzen, das Leben ihrer beiden Kinder zu schützen, während die Familie auseinanderzubrechen droht. Diese packende Geschichte ist dramatisch und Mut machend zugleich. Sie lässt hoffen, dass die bedingungslose elterliche Liebe Jani künftig ein halbwegs lebenswertes Leben ermöglichen wird. Eine Familie am Abgrund Der bedingungslose Kampf eines Vaters um seine schizophrene Tochter Eine wahre Geschichte: fesselnd, erschütternd, faszinierend Der New York Times-Bestseller endlich auf Deutsch
Category: Biography & Autobiography