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The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans


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Eben Kirksey

Eben Kirksey is an expert on science and justice. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Atlantic and Wired. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and an …

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Praise for The Mutant Project

‘This book is a beautiful mutant, part mystery, part horror story, part genetic science and totally engaging. Kirksey takes us adventuring – whirling through an exciting and informative journey we encounter genes, CRISPR, technology, scientists, people, hopes, dreams and land smack dab in the mess of “human nature”. If you only read one book about genomic technologies and human futures, this should be it.’ —Agustin Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University

‘Written with the gumption of an ethnographer, historian and investigative journalist all in one, The Mutant Project is a fascinating record of close-up encounters at the vanguard of human genetic engineering. That rare kind of scholarship that is also a page-turner.’ —Britt Wray, author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction

‘Kirksey provides a front-row seat to the riveting series of events that led to the world’s first genetically edited humans. It’s an absorbing tale of reckless ambition and breakneck technological advances that raises disturbing questions about the future of the human race.’ —Steve Heine, author of DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship between You and Your Genes

The Mutant Project is an engaging, lively and well-written account of recent advances in gene editing technologies in humans. Eben Kirksey provides a fascinating tour of the world behind the headlines, illuminating the science, politics, personalities, money and moral challenges involved.’ —Robert Klitzman MD, Director of Masters of Bioethics Program, Columbia University, and author of Designing Babies: How Technology Is Changing the Ways We Create Children