Unnatural Selection
248 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
Release Date:15 Nov 2014

Unnatural Selection

How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene

Island Press
Leukemia. Bed bugs. Weeds. Gonorrhea. We beat back these plagues with powerful chemicals, but they evolve in response – rapidly. Emily Monosson shows how fighting pests and pathogens with toxic chemicals drives evolution, with inadvertent consequences. Our chemical age is exerting intense selection pressure on all species, from salmonella to salamanders to humans. Monosson explores how we can lesson our impact: manage pests without creating super bugs; protect individuals from disease without inviting epidemics; and benefit from technology without threatening the health of future generations.
Emily Monosson is an independent biochemical toxicologist, writer, consultant, and college instructor. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and teaches as a visiting faculty at Mount Holyoke College.
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