Could we accidentally bestow human-style awareness into a pig?

My new book is called Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, and it's a fictional look at human genetic modification in the near and distant future. The book is told through six interconnected stories, each exploring a different aspect of our future world and the evolving face of humankind.

As a novelist, my central concern was this: What will it be like to grow up, to fall in and out of love, to discover who you are, when the very essence of "you" might be changing? Pulling this off with any degree of authenticity, though, required lots of research into the current state of bioscience. Read the rest