Genetics: From DNA to Designer Dogs

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Ever since scientists first cloned Dolly, genetics has been a hot-button topic in the media and the political world. Genetics brings readers the inside story, and looks objectively at this fascinating modern science. From the Human Genome Project to stem cell research to the National Geographic?s own Genographic Project, scientists are exploring and rapidly advancing our knowledge of the human condition.

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Overview

Ever since scientists first cloned Dolly, genetics has been a hot-button topic in the media and the political world. Genetics brings readers the inside story, and looks objectively at this fascinating modern science. From the Human Genome Project to stem cell research to the National Geographic’s own Genographic Project, scientists are exploring and rapidly advancing our knowledge of the human condition.

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Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
This title from the "National Geographic Investigates" series puts into simple language the history and progression of genetic science from the discovery and importance of DNA to cloning. Included are a timeline of genetic research and chapters on ancient DNA, genetic science, genes and longevity of life, DNA and wildlife, microbial DNA, and genetics and cloning. A brief discussion of genetics in the years ahead, a glossary, bibliography, websites which include information on genetics, books for further reading, and an index are also included for further research into the topic. This volume will serve as an excellent starting point for the early researcher by providing information about those people involved in genetic research, the progress that has been made in this research, and ways that genetic research can be used to tell the history and possibly the future of humans, plants, and animals. There is also a discussion of how genetic research can be used for the improvement of plant and animal growth. This is a must have for any library that wishes to provide a sound foundation of scientific study for users of all ages. Reviewer: Naomi Williamson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426303616
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: NG Investigates Science Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 587,394
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Message From the Consultant 8 Mendel, the Father of Modern Genetics 9 Timeline of Genetic Research 10
1 Ancient DNA 12 Royal genes Pharaoh gone missing Historic discoveries A mysterious mummy is found Family tree, written in DNA Problems with ancient DNA Genetic science reveals the future as well as the past
2 Genetic Science 20 Green pollution fighters Rabbit genes in trees Slow cleanup in the most polluted places A medium pizza with genetically modified canola oil A problem or a solution?
3 Genes for Long Life 26 Very old worms Why is my hair brown?
Switching genes on and off Inherited traits Two points of view
4 Fighting for Wildlife 32 Mysterious animal on the loose in Montana Gathering gorilla DNA Extracting DNA New weapons Meet a DNA investigator
5 Microbial DNA 42 Why is microbial DNA important?
A map of microbial DNA Scooping up life in the Sargasso Sea The Human Genome Project Microbial Genome Project 42
6 Genetics and Cloning 50 Ditteaux, the African wildcat How does cloning work?
Cloning history Problems of diversity Why stop with African wildcats?
Growing a human heart The Years Ahead 58 Glossary 59 Bibliography 60 On the Web 60 Further Reading 60 Index 61 About the Author and Consultant 63 Credits 64
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