In the interest of full disclosure, the author of Biotopia, Michael Charles Tobias, is a much valued friend and mentor. For that reason, I wanted to like this book, In fact, I did like it, a lot. I wrote the review pasted in below for Amazon.
One caveat: Michael Tobias is the smartest person I have ever known. He is an intellectual gymnast extraordinaire and his writing reflects that. It requires the full engagement of the reader. For those willing to make that mental investment, the reward is very much worth the effort. Take a moment to acquaint yourself with Biotopia and its author, Michael Tobias.
Here is a link top the Amazon listing for the book... http://www.amazon.com/Biotopia-Michael-Charles-Tobias/dp/0927379228/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386115511&sr=8-1&keywords=Biotopia