School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7-12 Intended for beginners in the study of life science, this book introduces the biology of cells in a clear, logical manner. Technical terms are used where necessary, but they are defined and explained as they are introduced. An excellent glossary also helps readers with new terms. The parts of a cell are named and their functions described. Both types of cell division, mitosis and meiosis, are described in the text and illustrated by captioned black-and-white pen drawings. (Unfortunately, these double-page spreads of the reproduction process are not included in the index.) Specialized cells, especially those in humans, are described. The discussion of DNA includes its many functions in the body and its structure. The last topic in the book is genetic engineering. Black-and-white photographs and particularly the black-and-white drawings aid in making this an excellent introduction to cell biology. This book discusses cell biology in more detail than the Silverstein's Cells: Building Blocks of Life (Prentice-Hall, 1969; o.p.) which is for slightly younger readers. Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, Va.
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