Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
Boy, what I don't know. Granted, a lot of this field's scientific breakthroughs and even basic studies came over the past few decades -- I'm just utterly fascinated by all the new to me stuff. Not lost; the book is intentially "popular science" and easy to read.
"It’s like the protagonists of science-fiction stories, who terraform inhospitable planets into comfortable homes – except it terraforms an animal."
Reading this for a booklikes book club, The Flat Book Society at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/90/the-flat-book-society if anyone cares to join in.