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The Suffering Gene: Environmental Threats to our Health

By: Roy Burdon

272 pages, Figs, tabs

Zed Books

Paperback | May 2003 | #140420 | ISBN: 1842772856
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Hardback | Jun 2003 | #140419 | ISBN: 1842772848
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Explains how our genes work and how they are affected by a range of factors: toxic chemicals, nulcear and other radiation, atmospheric pollutants and, potentially, genetic engineering.

'The precautionary principle has found a powerful ally in the scientific analysis of Roy Burdon. It will be less easy for corporate interests to dismiss the concerns of the public now they come set on such rigorous foundations. This is not a scaremongers charter, far from it, it is a sober look at the reality of a toxic environment - a toxic environment created by human activity.' - Hugh Warwick, Editor, Splice


1. Early Warning Signals 2. Genes - The Targets of Hostilities 3. Nuclear Attack 4. Phone Attack? 5. Chemical Attack 6. Food Attack 7. Enemies from Within 8. A First Line of Defence 9. The Main Defence Forces 10. What if our Defences are Overwhelmed? 11. Can We Survive the Siege? 12. Could the Gene Siege Redirect our Evolution? 13. Genes to Take the Strain 14. Gene Attack by Humans 15. DNA and Planetary Stewardship

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ROY BURDON has been professor emeritus at the University of Strathclyde since 1997. He was chairman of the department of bioscience and biotechnology from 1986-1989. He is a member of the editorial boards of several learned journals including The Biochemical Journal, The Scottish Medical Journal and Biological Sciences Reviews. He is the author of over 200 scientific papers and several books, including Genes and the Environment (Taylor Francis, 1999)

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