Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich

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Read Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures Online Free - Science fiction becomes reality in this Jurassic Park-like story of the genetic resurrection of an extinct species—the woolly mammoth—by the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and The 37th Parallel.

“With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction” (Omnivoracious), Ben Mezrich takes us on an exhilarating true adventure story from the icy terrain of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetic labs of Harvard University. A group of young scientists, under the guidance of Dr. George Church, the most brilliant geneticist of our time, works to make fantasy reality by sequencing the DNA of a frozen woolly mammoth harvested from above the Arctic circle, and splicing elements of that sequence into the DNA of a modern elephant. Will they be able to turn the hybrid cells into a functional embryo and bring the extinct creatures to life in our modern world?

Along with Church and his team of Harvard scientists, a world-famous conservationist and a genius Russian scientist plan to turn a tract of the Siberian tundra into Pleistocene Park, populating the permafrost with ancient herbivores as a hedge against an environmental ticking time bomb. More than a story of genetics, this is a thriller illuminating the race against global warming, the incredible power of modern technology, the brave fossil hunters who battle polar bears and extreme weather conditions, and the ethical quandary of cloning extinct animals. Can we right the wrongs of our ancestors who hunted the woolly mammoth to extinction—and at what cost?

Title : Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures
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ISBN : 1501135554
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Trish rated it ★★★☆☆

June 05, 2017

Mezrich picks interesting topics, I will concede that. Readers may already have heard some years ago that a Harvard lab was working on de-extinction of the Woolly Mammoth. Mezrich brings us up to date on this project; indeed, the first and last chapters in this “nonfiction” are set in the future....

Joseph rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2017

Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures by Ben Mezrich is the story of Dr. Church and his colleague's advancements in genome engineering. Mezrich graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University in 1991. Some of his bo...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 24, 2017

The story told in this book was fascinating, but I found the creative nonfiction method employed in telling it waaaay too creative. I actually spent the first thirty pages or so trying to make sure the book was actually nonfiction at all. Some Googling proved that, yes, these people are real and...

Robin rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 21, 2017

Creative nonfiction chronicling the work of geneticists on current research about the woolly mammoth. Unfortunately, the book is light on facts and only superficially addresses questions of ethics, funding, scientific philosophies, etc. Not awful, but not stimulating either.

Melissa rated it ★★★☆☆

July 09, 2017

As a fan of all things Pleistocene, Ben Mezrich’s book jumped out at me from a display table at Dallas’ newest independent bookstore, Interabang Books. How could I resist a title like Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures? True, even fans of...

James rated it ★★★☆☆

August 15, 2017

3.5 stars I have to say that I enjoyed this book. It is a kind of fictionalized non-fiction that I don't like in concept but it worked. It was short and easy to read. The science was light but informative - enough to make you both excited about the potential of genetic manipulation and afraid of t...

Danny rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

It took a couple chapters, but I'm in. I'm a convert. Let's bring that Mammoth back. In Woolly, Ben Mezrich follows teams of scientists attempting to resurrect the Woolly Mammoth and details how they aim to do it and the ramifications of their possible success. It's not all man's hubris either, t...

Enid rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 19, 2017

I am not a fan of this style- nonfiction narrative or whatever Mezrich calls it. It was like reading bad historical fiction. This is based on real-life people, but their stories have been fictionalized, and there is all this stuff about what it going on in their heads. It was told in a non-linear...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

June 13, 2017

This is a fascinating look at the work being done to "revive" the Woolly Mammoth. Mr. Mezrich makes understanding the complex science behind this effort easy. It reads like a fast paced fiction thriller. I was a little confused as to what was fact or fiction in the first couple of chapters becaus...

Patty rated it ★★★☆☆

July 28, 2017

So, yes, there is indeed an effort on to bring the Woolly Mammoth back from extinction, either through cloning (led by teams from Japan and South Korea) or through editing the genomes of modern-day Asian Elephants (led by a team from Harvard, with celeb-scientist George Church at the helm). Worki...

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