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Gr 5–9—Chock-full of information, these titles provide in-depth explorations of the topics covered. Sidebars, summaries, and points of interest are cleverly highlighted under tech-savvy headings such as "Pop-Up," "Download," "Blog," and "Tool Bar," in an obvious attempt to appeal to today's computer-literate youth. Each title begins with a brief history of its subject—identifying key scientists and breakthrough discoveries-and then moves into an exploration of current advances in scientific understanding. The material is well organized and accessible in Adaptations and Heredity. Cloning assumes that readers have a substantial background in cellular biology and as a result is more appropriate for older audiences. In each title, interest is maintained through countless fascinating examples, such as, in Adaptations, one of the many defensive adaptations described is the hognose snakes' ability to play dead. In Cloning, much attention is given to the possibility of gene therapy and cloning to cure disease. Heredity describes hybrid animals such as the zeedonk (zebra and donkey) and the wolphin (killer whale and dolphin). Each title includes a "Search Engine" section that lists books, magazines, and Web sites; the URLs to articles in Cloning are particularly thorough. Illustrations and color photographs enhance texts. If your genetics collection needs updating, these volumes are good resources for reports, though the age range of the target audience varies.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765681362
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Series: Genetics Series: The Science of Life
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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