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The Suffering Gene: Environmental Threats to Our Healthby R. H. Burdon
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This book explains how our genes work, and how they are adversely impacted by a huge range of factors in modern society in both the countries of the North and the South. These include toxic industrial and agricultural chemicals, excessive sunlight (as a result of the hole in the ozone layer), nuclear radiation from power plants and the military, as well as other forms of radiation (mobile phones, electricity transmission systems and the like), food contaminants, atmospheric pollutants (including things like tobacco smoke and car exhaust fumes), and the potential impact of genetic engineering.
Book News Annotation:
Burdon, professor emeritus, U. of Strathclyde, UK, explains how genes work and how they are adversely affected by the many hazards of modern society. He addresses food contaminants and additives, atmospheric pollutants such as tobacco smoke and car exhaust fumes, toxic industrial and agricultural chemicals, nuclear and other forms of radiation, and the possible affects of genetic engineering.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This work explains how our genes are adversely affected by the modern environment in which we live. It explains how the body defends itself from external attack, what happens when these defences are overwhelmed, and the need for much more careful in future technological developments.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -244) and index.
About the Author
Roy Burdon was Professor Emeritus, University of Strathclyde since 1997 where he was Chairman, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology from 1986-1989.
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