What is the Controversy Over Stem Cell Research?

What is the Controversy Over Stem Cell Research?

by Isabel Thomas
     
 

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Sci-Hi is a visually stimulating series that takes learning science topics to a whole new level! Each title in the series explains an area of physical, life, or earth and space scie

Isabel Thomas graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Human Sciences. She is the author of more than 50 books, and specializes in making science engaging for Young people.  See more details below

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Sci-Hi is a visually stimulating series that takes learning science topics to a whole new level! Each title in the series explains an area of physical, life, or earth and space scie

Isabel Thomas graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Human Sciences. She is the author of more than 50 books, and specializes in making science engaging for Young people.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–10—Tackling intriguing and sometimes controversial topics, these hi/lo titles provide a thorough, yet approachable exploration of their subjects. This series is chockfull of photographs, diagrams, and informative sidebars, and the facts are presented in an eye-popping, visually engaging format. Each volume poses a question, provides background information, and explores all aspects of its subject including cutting-edge scientific developments as well as ethical issues. For example, in Organ Transplants, readers learn about the history of organ transplantation, the process of organ donation, and the ethical concerns involved, such as who is eligible to receive a transplant and whether the sale of organs should remain illegal. Readers are encouraged to think critically and actively engage in the scientific and ethical debates. Suitable for reports or simply to satisfy readers' curiosity.
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Sci-Hi" series, these books offer a fully grounded, scientific approach to controversial issues, in this case focusing on the tricky issues surrounding stem cells. The topics of this series are challenging for adults who have studied the issues, so it is particularly impressive that the writing here is neither too dense, nor too easy for the middle reader audience they have targeted. "What are stem cells?" Thomas asks in her introduction. "Stem cells are cells with very special properties. Many scientists believe they have the potential to change medicine for the better. However some sources of stem cells are controversial...[Stem cells] aren't a specific type of cell, such as a skin cell or a brain cell. Instead stem cells act like cell factories and make new cells." The book addresses how stem cells are taken from embryos, and then takes a second chapter to look at the controversy of using these cells. Other chapters focus on how the stem cells are used in cloning and medicine. A conclusion at the end of the book reiterates the highlights of the research as well as the problems with it. Illustrated with lively and accurate photos, the photos and the page design provide a nice balance for the difficult concepts being presented. Backmatter includes a glossary and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410944740
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Sci-Hi: Science Issues Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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Isabel Thomas studied Human Sciences at Oxford University before working in the wonderful world of children's publishing. She has written dozens of books for children and teenagers, and is a trained literacy tutor. Isabel lives in Cambridge, UK, with her husband and three rambunctious sons.

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