Frankenstein's Cat

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Pages: 256
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

Frankenstein's Cat

Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts

Emily Anthes

An investigation into the world of altered animals - genetically modified fish, designer dogs, remote-controlled rats, and mass-produced mutant mice - exploring the complicated, co-dependent relationship between humans and other species.
9781851689682 (7 Mar 2013)
RRP £8.99

The Book

From the petri dish to the pet shop, meet the high-tech menagerie of the near future, as humans reinvent the animal kingdom


Fluorescent fish that glow near pollution. Dolphins with prosthetic fins. Robot-armoured beetles that military handlers can send on spy missions. Beloved pet pigs resurrected from DNA. Scientists have already begun to create these high-tech hybrids to serve human whims and needs. What if a cow could be engineered to no longer feel pain - should we design a herd that would assuage our guilt over eating meat?

Acclaimed science writer Emily Anthes travels round the globe to meet the fauna of the future, from the Scottish birthplace of Dolly the sheep and other clones to a ‘pharm' for cancer-fighting chickens. Frankenstein's Cat is an eye-opening exploration of weird science - and how we are playing god in the animal world.

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Subject Popular Science
Pages 256
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Emily Anthes is a science journalist who contributes a regular column on biomimickry to BBC Future online. She is also the founder of the Wonderland blog, part of the Public Library of Science, one of the most prestigious and most read science research publishers in the world. This is her first book.


‘Emily Anthes kicks our chairs and gets us to sit up straight and pay attention’