Tears of the Cheetah
And Other Tales From the Genetic FrontierBook - 2003 | 1st ed.
In "Tears of the Cheetah," medical geneticist and conservationist Stephen J. O'Brien narrates fast-moving science adventure stories that explore the mysteries of survival among the earth's most endangered and beloved wildlife. Here we uncover the secret histories of exotic species such as Indonesian orangutans, humpback whales, and the imperiled cheetah-the world's fastest animal which nonetheless cannot escape its own genetic weaknesses.
Among these genetic detective stories we also discover how the Serengeti lions have lived with FIV (the feline version of HIV), where giant pandas really come from, how bold genetic action pulled the Florida panther from the edge of extinction, how the survivors of the medieval Black Death passed on a genetic gift to their descendents, and how mapping the genome of the domestic cat solved a murder case in Canada.
With each riveting account of animal resilience and adaptation, a remarkable parallel in human medicine is drawn, adding yet another rationale for species conservation-mining their genomes for cures to our own fatal diseases. "Tears of the Cheetah" offers a fascinating glimpse of the insight gained when geneticists venutre into the wild.
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Veepea Dec 29, 2014
This was a very interesting book, although it did make me rather upset how even today people tend to put money ahead of the well-being of life on our planet. The cover blurb says that the "stories are in a simple language that can be understood even by the nonexpert." I think that is qu... Read More »