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Tears of the Cheetah: And Other Tales from the Genetic Frontier

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780312339005
Author(s): Stephen J. O'Brien
Format: Paperback
Year: 2005
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Dimensions: 140 x 213 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 287

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TEARS OF THE CHEETAH is a collection of genetic detective stories that uncover the secret histories of exotic species such as the giant panda, the humpback whale, and the imperilled cheetah - the world's fastest animal that cannot escape its own genetic weaknesses. With each animal tale, the author draws a human parallel - how feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) has uncovered clues in a cure for HIV, how mapping the genome of the domestic cat solved a murder, how a mutation in brown mice might stave off leukaemia, and other important animal research that has paved the way towards the future of gene therapy.

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