The Red Canary: The Story of the First Genetically Engineered Animal Tim Birkhead

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The Red Canary: The Story of the First Genetically Engineered Animal  by  Tim Birkhead

The Red Canary: The Story of the First Genetically Engineered Animal by Tim Birkhead
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Behavioral ecologist Tim Birkhead describes how the rather plain but sweet-voiced green bird that was discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1300s became a craze in Renaissance Europe, how breeders gradually turned its green plumage to yellow, howMoreBehavioral ecologist Tim Birkhead describes how the rather plain but sweet-voiced green bird that was discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1300s became a craze in Renaissance Europe, how breeders gradually turned its green plumage to yellow, how Duncker and Reich combined genetic science with bird-breeding lore to produce an almost-red canary, and how British breeders were finally able to successfully produce a red canary in the 1960s.

But more than just a fascinating account, this story marks a scientific turning point: this was the first instance of plucking specific genes from one creature and incorporating them into another.



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