Altering the Biological Blueprint: The Science of Genetic Engineering

Overview

The idea of custom-made life-forms would once have been pure science fiction. Not any more, however, thanks to genetic engineering. Genetic engineering already allows single-cell bacteria to work as drug-making factories. It has made possible new types of plants that resist diseases. It could lead to cures for cancers and other fatal illnesses. Genetic engineers work with DNA, the molecule that genes are made of. They insert new genes into animals, plants, bacteria, and other organisms. Their work, however, has ...
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Overview

The idea of custom-made life-forms would once have been pure science fiction. Not any more, however, thanks to genetic engineering. Genetic engineering already allows single-cell bacteria to work as drug-making factories. It has made possible new types of plants that resist diseases. It could lead to cures for cancers and other fatal illnesses. Genetic engineers work with DNA, the molecule that genes are made of. They insert new genes into animals, plants, bacteria, and other organisms. Their work, however, has raised ethical concerns. Should humans tamper with the blueprint of life? Headline Science uses news stories and everyday applications to explain the science behind genetic engineering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756540494
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Headline Science Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene lives and writes in Michigan.

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Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene Stille now lives and writes in Michigan.
Darlene R. Stille is the award-winning author of more than 80 books for young people, including collections of biographies. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where she discovered her love of writing. She now lives and writes in Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Tinkering with the code of Life 4

Chapter 2 Genetically Engineered Drugs 11

Chapter 3 Genetically Altering Plants 18

Chapter 4 Genetically Altering Animals 23

Chapter 5 Genes Make Products for Industry 29

Chapter 6 Cures for Genetic Diseases 35

Timeline 44

Glossary 45

Further Resources 46

Source Notes 47

Index 48

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