torill kornfeldt, born 1984, is a Swedish science journalist with a background in biology.
She has worked in the science department of Sweden's leading morning newspaper Dagens Nyheter and at the science branch of the Swedish public service radio. She has hosted several sucessfull radio shows including Tekniksafari, Hopp and P3 Dystopia, all about how science and technology are changing the world.
Her main focus is on how emerging bioengineering and technology will shape our future. Her first book, The Re-origin of Species, was listed as number 4 in The Thelegraph's list of the best books of 2018. The Unnatural Selection of Our Species is her second book, focusing on genetic editing in humans.
Jurassic Park meets Greenpeace!
How would you like to see mammoths in the wilds of Siberia? Or come across an aurochs on your morning jog?
Scientists across the globe are working to resurrect all kinds of dead species, from ones that just left us to those that have been gone for centuries. Their tools in this hunt are both fossils and cutting-edge genetic technologies.
Some of these scientists are driven by sheer curiosity. Others view the extinct species as a powerful weapon in the fight against climate change.
These animals will soon walk the earth again, but what world will that give us? Is it a good idea?
In researching this book, Torill Kornfeldt travelled the world to meet the women and men working to bring these animals back from the dead.
Along the way she has seen the mammoth that has been frozen for twenty thousand years, and visited the places where these furry giants will live again.
A fascinating book, in which the feasibility of these projects and the ethical aspects are also exposed.
Kijk Magazine (Holland)
The advancement of the new genetic technology has hurtled forward at breakneck speed. When the first genetically modified children, the twins Lulu and Nana, were born in China in 2018, it became clear that humanity was facing possibilities that we had, previously, only been able to imagine.
It has given us the possibility to rebuild the core of humanity, but while it gives hope, it has also forced us to face hard ethical and societal questions. With the pair of genetic scissors known as CRISPR, we could potentially choose the traits of our children and avoid aging and diseases. But with that ability comes a new set of risks.
How are we supposed to handle these new tools that could end up changing our genetic material?
Torill Konfeldt has travelled all over the world to meet the people who are driving the research forward. She has visited fertility clinics in South Korea, oncologists in China who are experimenting on sick patients, and biohackers in the large cities of the US who want to make the new technology available to everyone.
In Unnatural Selection of Our Species, Kornfeldt examines what the consequences have been of the recent years’ developments and what might still be waiting around the corner.
Jurassic Park meets Greenpeace! Scientists across the globe are working to resurrect all kinds of dead species, from ones that just left us to those that have been gone for centuries.
The advancement of the new genetic technology has hurtled forward at breakneck speed. It has given us the possibility to rebuild the core of humanity, but while it gives hope, it has also forced us to face hard ethical and societal questions.
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