2nd Edition

Our Animal Connection
What Sapiens Can Learn from Other Species

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ISBN 9789814877503
December 31, 2020 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
392 Pages

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Book Description

The book covers the many ways humans benefit from interactions with other living species. By studying animals of all kinds and sizes, from microbial organisms to elephants and whales, we can learn about their adaptations to extreme conditions on planet Earth, about the evolutionary development of specialized capabilities, and about their ways to defend themselves against predators and diseases. The authors discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Homo sapiens, and how the study of animals can make us stronger and healthier. To deepen our knowledge of genetics, molecular and cell biology, physiology and medicine, we need to study model organisms. To cure human disease, we can learn from animals how they have evolved ways to protect themselves. To improve human performance, we can study the animal kingdom’s top performers and learn from their successes. Considering these important pointers, the authors review genetic engineering techniques that can translate our existing and future animal connections into benefits for human health and performance. Finally, they discuss the challenges associated with our animal connection: the history of pandemics caused by bacterial and viral pathogens demonstrates that there is a risk for transmission of diseases that can disrupt human societies. The recent COVID-19 outbreak is covered in detail as an example.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Learn from Others (Huanming Yang)


Evolution of Life on Earth

Adaptation of Life to Extreme Conditions

Homo Sapiens ("Us"): Strengths and Weaknesses

The Human Microbiome: How Our Health is Impacted by Microorganisms

Animals with Connection to Human Knowledge, Health, and Performance

Current Use and Future Promise of Genetic Engineering

Animal Connection Challenges


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Michael Hehenberger is founder and partner of HM NanoMed LLC, Connecticut, USA. He retired in 2013 after a long career with IBM. He obtained his PhD and DSc in quantum chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden. Throughout his IBM career, he has led collaborations with academic and global industrial life sciences organizations. His efforts have been documented in about 50 publications and book chapters. His first book, titled Nanomedicine: Science, Business, and Impact, was published by Jenny Stanford Publishing in 2015.

Zhi Xia is deputy secretary of the China Science Writers Association, project manager of the National High Technology Research and Development Program (“863” Program) of China, and core member of the Guangdong Provincial Innovation Team. He is also a popular science expert of the Chinese Genetics Society. He has published dozens of academic papers in internationally renowned magazines, more than 100 column articles in journals, and 14 books. He is a recipient of the National Publishing Fund Project, and National Outstanding Science Works Award.

Huanming (Henry) Yang is the cofounder and chair of BGI, one of the major genomics centers in the world. He and his partners have made significant contributions to the International HGP, HapMap Project, 1000 Genomes Project, and other human omics research, as well as sequencing and analyzing genomes of many other animals, plants, and microorganisms, with many publications in Science, Nature, Cell and other internationally prestigious journals. He has received many awards and honors, including Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American (2002) and the Award in Biology (2006) by the Third World Academy of Sciences.