Mendel's Ark

Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction

Authors: Fletcher, Amy Lynn

  • Combines science, technology and society studies with environmental studies, giving a new view on the problem of species extinction and the biodiversity crisis
  • Will appeal to scholars in such emerging areas as animal studies and post-humanities, as well as established disciplines such as political science and anthropology
  • Broadens the study of the life sciences from health and medical applications to the environment and wildlife preservation
  • Engages with a the significant, controversial and highly visible new rhetoric of "de-extinction"
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About this book

Does extinction have to be forever?  As the global extinction crisis accelerates, conservationists and policy-makers increasingly use advanced biotechnologies such as reproductive cloning, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and bioinformatics in the urgent effort to save species. 

Mendel's Ark considers the ethical, cultural and social implications of using these tools for wildlife conservation. Drawing upon sources ranging from science to science fiction, it focuses on the stories we tell about extinction and the meanings we ascribe to nature and technology. 

The use of biotechnology in conservation is redrawing the boundaries between animals and machines, nature and artifacts, and life and death.  The new rhetoric and practice of de-extinction will thus have significant repercussions for wilderness and for society. The degree to which we engage collectively with both the prosaic and the fantastic aspects of biotechnological conservation will shape the boundaries and ethics of our desire to restore lost worlds.

Reviews

“This book looks at the impacts of modern molecular techniques on biodiversity and extinction. … The information presented is clear and concise, providing relevant examples for the issues at hand. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above in biology, ecology, and biodiversity.” (K. R. Thompson, Choice, Vol. 52 (8), April, 2015)


“The author begins by discussing the issues involved in the extinction of plant and animal life overall worldwide today.  She then goes on to review some ways in which the threat of extinction can be reduced for some species, with particularly strong chapters on the cloning of animals that have long been extinct and animals that have only recently become extinct or are now threatened with extinction.” (David E. Newton, author of “Cloning: A Reference Handbook”)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Future of Extinction

    Fletcher, Amy Lynn

    Pages 1-13

  • A Political History of Extinction

    Fletcher, Amy Lynn

    Pages 15-30

  • Bio-Inventories: The Digitization of Nature

    Fletcher, Amy Lynn

    Pages 31-47

  • Bio-Interventions: Cloning Endangered Species as Wildlife Conservation

    Fletcher, Amy Lynn

    Pages 49-66

  • Bio-Identities: Cloning the Recently Extinct

    Fletcher, Amy Lynn

    Pages 67-88

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9121-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9120-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: August 30, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7763-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mendel's Ark
Book Subtitle
Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9121-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9121-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9120-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7763-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 99
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics