Mutants, Clones, and Killer Corn: Unlocking the Secrets of Biotechnology

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The Seiples combine their backgrounds and education (hers in library science and science publishing, his in chemistry) in creating this very readable, up-to-date book on biotechnology. The first two chapters introduce biotechnology's history and explain the basic concepts of genes, DNA, and cloning. Each subsequent chapter looks at a new trend or development in biotechnology research. General topics, such as genetically modified foods and stem-cell research, are covered, and fascinating specific examples including the frog mutations in Minnesota in the 1990s or the possibilities of vaccines being delivered in foods in the future bring these issues to life. Each topic is carefully explained and frequent color photos and illustrations help depict the concepts. Care is taken in each chapter to present both sides of the issue; there are frequent quotes from those who oppose animal research as well as examples of how biotechnology has helped humans. Furthermore the final chapter looks at organizations who oppose aspects of biotechnology. This balanced approach to the topic makes the book a great discussion starter for classrooms or a great resource for research at the middle school level. The attractive cover and intriguing title will even snag some casual readers. It is a nice addition to collections in need of an update on the fast-developing field of biotechnology. VOYA CODES: 3Q 5P M J (Readable without serious defects; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Lerner, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
—Rebecca Hogue-Wojahn
School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-The Seiples present an overview of biotechnology from its origins in selective breeding to its possible future implications. The writing is clear and a brief outline of genetics is offered for those unfamiliar with the subject. The areas covered include genetically altered foods and animals, including pigs whose genetic structure was modified in order to produce more environment-friendly manure. The final chapter provides information on the numerous agencies that exist to oppose biotechnology research, such as The Union of Concerned Scientists, Greenpeace, and PETA. The appealing layout features color photographs, charts, and graphs, as well as informative sidebars. The graphics pertaining to DNA and its structure are especially useful. A solid, up-to-date addition for reports and general-interest reading.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822548607
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Discovery! Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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