200 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene
Leukemia. Bed bugs. Weeds. Gonorrhea. We beat back these plagues withpowerful chemicals, but they evolve in response – rapidly. EmilyMonosson shows how fighting pests and pathogens with toxic chemicalsdrives evolution, with inadvertent consequences. Our chemical age isexerting intense selection pressure on all species, from salmonella tosalamanders to humans. Monosson explores how we can lesson our impact:manage pests without creating super bugs; protect individuals fromdisease without inviting epidemics; and benefit from technology withoutthreatening the health of future generations.
Emily Monosson is an independent biochemicaltoxicologist, writer, consultant, and college instructor. She is anadjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, andteaches as a visiting faculty at Mount Holyoke College.
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