Challenging Nature
published by Ecco/Harper Collins, 2006
Professor of molecular biology and public policy in the Woodrow Wilson school of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University
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Stephen Colbert clashes with Lee Silver on embryos, stem cells, and biotechnology (July 17, 2006)

Dr. Lee M. Silver is a professor at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His doctorate is in biophysics from Harvard University. Silver's most recent book is "Challenging Nature: The clash of biotechnology and spirituality." According to one reviewer, Silver "gleefully eviscerates the motley preachers, pundits, philosophers, and politicians who, he argues, hinder science on the basis of a vague belief that biotechnology trespasses where mere mortals dare not go."  His previous book for a popular audience is Remaking Eden, published in 16 languages. He is also the author of Mouse Genetics (a textbook for professionals), coeditor of Teratocarcinoma Stem Cells, and coauthor of the undergraduate text Genetics: from genes to genomes.  He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek International and has published over 180 scholarly articles. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Jim Lehrer PBS News Hour, Nova, ABC Nightline, The ABC World Report with Peter Jennings, the Charlie Rose Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, and many others in the U.S. and other countries.
Silver is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the recipient of a  National Institutes of Health MERIT award for outstanding research in genetics. He is currently a trustee of the American Council on Science and Health and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the nonprofit Seattle Institute of Systems Biology. He has also consulted for the U.S. State Department, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and governmental agencies in Denmark, Germany, Spain, and South Korea, and has provided expert testimony in prominent legal cases involving reproductive rights.
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