Books et al.Human Reproduction

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Science  24 Jun 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6293, pp. 1524
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8469

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Two authors have recently sought to enlighten readers on the topic of advances in reproductive technologies: Paul S. Knoepfler, a prolific blogger and well-known stem cell researcher at the University of California, Davis, and Henry T. Greely, professor of law at Stanford University and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences. Knoepfler's GMO Sapiens is a down-to-earth introduction to the human use of new genetic technologies. An easy and enjoyable read, the book is targeted to an audience that has a general interest in, but perhaps a minimal understanding of, science. Readers looking for a more in-depth analysis of human genome modifications and reproductive technologies and their legal and ethical implications are encouraged to consider picking up Greely's The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction. Greely's breezy first-person narrative belies the extraordinary depth and impressive quality of information provided, both scientific and legal.