School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 10 Up-Ten essays by scientists, science writers, ethicists, and consumer advocates argue a growing controversy. The book's slim profile belies the densely complex ideas within. Potentially positive and negative aspects of genetically modifying plants and animals, altering human genes, and cloning humans are presented in pieces written during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Two essays focus on issues surrounding marketing genetically modified crops to developing countries, especially seeds and food that have been rejected by European consumers. Subheadings and passages of significant text serve to break up otherwise relentless blocks of print. James D. Torr's Genetic Engineering (Greenhaven, 2000) is likely to be the more appealing choice in this area. Its cover, festooned with full-color photographs, and issue-oriented cartoons sprinkled throughout the text make it a much more attractive volume. It offers twice the number of essays and a periodical bibliography appended to each chapter. In addition to supplementary material similar to that in Ethics, it includes a useful glossary and a section of discussion questions. A clear but not simplistic discussion of the techniques of genetic engineering is presented in Mark Walker and David McKay's Unravelling Genes (Allen & Unwin, 2000). A wealth of diagrams and illustrations helps clarify the procedures and principles essential to understanding the discussions in both of these earlier books.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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