The High-flow Cow (pictured above and on the front cover) is just one of many remarkable organisms recently created by the biotechnology industry. Here, the author guides readers on a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey into the little-known world of genetic engineering. Not only are field marks, behaviors, habitats, and geographic ranges provided for 35 of the world's most top-secret genetically engineered species, but so too are described the historical sagas and personal dramas behind each creature's artificial manufacture. From Migratory Chickens and Marijuana-sniffing Dogs to Fire-retardant Trees, Square Tomatos, and Oil-drinking Bacteria, the creatures described in this Field Guide give new meaning to the old adage that "fiction is stranger than truth. John C. Avise is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Irvine, and a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In addition to hundreds of publications in scientific journals, he has written a wide variety of textbooks and trade books, including an entirely serious treatise on the biotechnology industry entitled "The Hope, Hype, and Reality of Genetic Engineering".