School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9 If Olesky's predictions come to pass, we may soon be living in a world of superplants, superanimals, and superhumans due to the miracles of genetics. This thought-provoking book is a fine introduction to the field of genetic engineering. The author's writing is clear, and the color photographs are well matched to the text. The book's greatest shortcoming is that Olesky does not discuss in depth the possible adverse effects of creating new life forms. This aside, his explanation of genetics is lucid and readable. It will be a great help to upper elementary and junior high school students doing reports on this fascinating topic. Norman N. Dilley, Rosemead Pub . Lib . , Calif.
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Even though the book isn't up to date, I say it would be a pretty good read. The price is a good deal also. My favorite part of the book was that square watermelons have actually been made using genetic engineering. I learned a lot from this book, and you probably would, too. Get a background of genetics before you start it. Since I did a genetics unit, I was able to understand most of the book. There were other things that was new and very interesting to me. Gene splicing was something new. I had never heard of it before, and Walter explained how the process is done quite well. Then like I said before, the square watermelons were also very interesting. I would probably recommend this book to help with studying or help with understanding genetics. Maybe also for someone who wants to get into a genetic career. However, since it isn't up to date, it may not be the most accurate of books on genetics. Someone who wants to go into a career in genetics would probably want to read this book. This book would probably be appropriate for more older children to adults. It's a complicated book that some younger children would not understand. If a child were to read this book they may understand a small part of it, but as it goes into deeper detail it will get harder to understand. There was a picture of the anatomy of a horse, which probably would be more appropriate for adults. Parents who want to learn more about what their kids are learning might want to read this. There are some cons to the book, though. Since it is published in 1986, recent advancements in genetic engineering won't be listed. It is hard to understand sometimes, I'm still confused on some parts. It is a book for more advanced readers who already know basics of engineering. High school or college students would probably want to read this. So for the price it's a good buy. It's also a good buy for the knowledge of genetic engineering. It may not be the best book out there, but it's definitely one to consider reading. I wouldn't recommend it for small children, but for more older children to adults. So consider this, and good luck.