Frankenstein’s Cat explores biotechnology and animals
Most of our national conversation about genetic modification (GMO) has, to date, been about plants. Frankenstein’s Cat suggests future biotech conversations will include animals.
Journalist Emily Anthes’ book, Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, available now, explores how “biotechnology is shaping the future of animals, and how we’ll use cloning to protect endangered species, craft prosthetics to save injured animals, and employ genetic engineering to stock farms with disease-resistant livestock.”
Frankenstein’s Cat was selected by the editors at Amazon and Barnes and Noble as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of March. Alan Lightman, bestselling author of Einstein’s Dreams, wrote about Frankenstein’s Cat, “With wit, high intelligence, and lively writing style, Anthes portrays the new world of biotechnology – in which we control the bodies and brains of other animals – and the moral and philosophical issues so raised.”
Thomas Levenson, Professor of Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of Newton and the Counterfeiter, wrote, "Smart, funny and deep: Frankenstein’s Cat is a report from the frontiers of the scientific campaign to re-engineer animals to fulfill human desires ... Anthes, whose love of animals shines through on every page, takes her readers on a rich and challenging quest of self-discovery: what rights do the animal objects of our creativity possess—and what obligations to them and to ourselves must we accept as we reshape (again!) the living world? A great read.”