Children's LiteratureAn utterly fascinating study into genomes, which are unique to each living creature, but are essentially the same in their genetic material. The human body contains approximately 100 trillion cells, which are the basis of the body. Each cell has a nucleus, which tells every other part of the cell how to operate. Inside each nucleus are 23 chromosomes, which hold all of a person's genetic information. Chromosomes are made of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), tightly coiled together. DNA holds the human genome. Is it a good thing for humans to learn more about who we really are? Varied answers to this question are discussed, as are predictions for the future of this research. A glossary, bibliography, source notes and suggestions for further reading pertinent to the subject in the forms of books and websites are found at the conclusion of the book. The author has written for newspaper, television and radio as well as having written books about the Human Genome Project and solving crimes using DNA. He conducts workshops on nonfiction writing and lives in Illinois. Highly recommended. 2005, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 9 to 12.
Cindy L. Carolan