Book of the week: Nazi link ruffles feathers

15th August 2003 at 01:00

The Red Canary: the story of the first genetically engineered animal

By Tim Birkhead
Weidenfeld amp; Nicolson pound;16.99

Tim Birkhead has written a different, and a better, book than he intended. He is a leading ornithologist, professor of evolutionary biology at Sheffield University, and entranced by birds, their behaviour, evolution and genetics. It was only natural that he would want to write about one of his heroes, the German schoolteacher Hans Duncker, whose breeding experiments with canaries and budgerigars provided profound insights into genetics.nbsp;

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