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Titles in the 21st Century Debates series explore how new technological developments can have both a negative and positive side. In Genetics, Doswell shows how early biological discoveries by scientists, including Darwin, Mendel, Watson, and Crick, have led to new explorations such as the human genome project. Although the author agrees that new discoveries have the potential to improve quality of life, emphasis in this book is on the negative implications of the technology. Doswell deals with the problems of cloning, DNA testing, biological warfare, and use of genetics for profit. The Internet is the strongest volume in the series. Graham's approach is more balanced, juxtaposing disadvantages, such as easy access to pornography and the dangers of providing personal information over the Internet, with advantages, such as free access to information and the ability to communicate across language barriers. There are excellent chapters on 'net crime and e-business. Recent developments in the Microsoft court case, however, will date the discussion in the book. Although each volume contains a glossary of terms, understanding would have been enhanced if less familiar words were italicized or otherwise pinpointed in the text. Other series titles include The Media and Surveillance. Less comprehensive in scope than Enslow's Issues in Focus or Lucent's Contemporary Issues series, these short books are formatted to appeal to reluctant readers. Almost every page contains a color photograph or illustration and a box containing either a fact or expert viewpoint or debate question. Used for quick information or for launching a debate, these books provide some useful facts and statistics without thedepth. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 64p. PLB $18.98. Ages 11 to 15. Reviewer: Chris Carlson
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-A book that will heighten students' awareness of the impact of technology on their lives. Chapters discuss the development of surveillance techniques and equipment; their use by the government, police, and corporations; and their impact on private citizens. Also covered are modern surveillance equipment and methods such as cameras, e-mail interception through satellite relays, cable-tapping operations, and the use of DNA databases for solving violent crimes. Commentary on future techniques, developments, and the use of the Internet to gather and compile information will provoke thought and discussion among students. Colorful sidebars offer various views on issues, questions to debate, and facts. Plentiful black-and-white and color pictures enhance the presentation. While some knowledge of the topic may be helpful, most unfamiliar terms are explained. A short, useful glossary and addresses with Web sites complete a book that is sure to pique the interest of many readers.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780739831748
  • Publisher: Raintree Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Twenty First Century Debates Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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