By Lisa Yount
Because the sunrise of time, humans have spotted that contributors of households are inclined to glance alike, having related hair or eye colour, for example. equally, old farmers and herders learned that in the event that they mated, or bred, vegetation or animals with fascinating characteristics (such because the skill to develop quick or face up to disease), that they had a greater than standard probability of acquiring offspring with these characteristics. nonetheless, the particular technological know-how of genetics and genetic engineering is barely approximately a hundred years previous. Many genetic engineers and biologists have contributed to new understandings of heredity and the methods genes might be manipulated to stimulate sure features in dwelling issues. "Modern Genetics" profiles 14 women and men who have been one of the leaders in making vital genetic discoveries in study and new applied sciences. Profiles comprise James Watson, Francis Crick, Herbert Boyer, Stanley N. Cohen, Michael Bishop, and Harold Varmus.