Appearing in Tent #2 | 2:30 pm
About the author
Jeff Campbell has published two previous YA nonfiction books about animals: Daisy to the Rescue (a 2015 IPPY gold medal winner) about animals saving human lives and the science of animal intelligence; and Last of the Giants (a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection) about conservation and our current extinction crisis. For twelve years, Campbell was an award-winning travel writer for Lonely Planet, and he’s also a book editor and creative writing teacher.
MFOB featured book: Glowing Bunnies!? Why We’re Making Hybrids, Chimeras, and Clones
With modern bioengineering, science fiction’s “what if?” has become the scientist’s “why not?” Today, we have the tools to remake animals in almost any way we want, and genetic engineering is being used to help solve a range of urgent problems related to climate change, species extinctions, conservation, disease, human health, and in the food industry. But as science fiction likes to warn us, altering animals isn’t without dangers, and it raises profound ethical questions. Glowing Bunnies!? Why We’re Making Hybrids, Chimeras, and Clones explores how genetic engineering is currently reshaping animals and our world and asks that all-important question: Given what we can do, what should we do?