CRISPR: A Powerful Way to Change DNA

CRISPR: A Powerful Way to Change DNA

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Overview

We can change the world with genetic modification—but should we?

CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. If it sounds complicated, it is—but it’s also one of the most powerful ways we can shape the future. And it’s poised to completely upend the way we think about science.

Author Yolanda Ridge tackles this topic in a friendly and accessible tone, with two introductory chapters covering the basics of DNA and genetic modification before taking readers through the ways that this ground-breaking science could affect them by potentially:

- eliminating diseases like malaria and cancer,

- improving the stability of our food supply, and

- helping to manage conservation efforts for threatened animals and environments.

But all of these possible advancements come with risks, the biggest being that the consequences are unknown. Chapters end with “Stop, Go, Yield” sections encouraging readers to consider the pros and cons of using CRISPR. “Cutting Questions” give readers the opportunity to further reflect on the ethics of the science.

CRISPR is a game changer. This important book, with detailed scientific illustrations, brings much needed clarity to a topic that will affect readers for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773214238
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 309,721
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Yolanda Ridge is a children’s author with a passion for science who has previously worked as a genetics counsellor. She lives in Rossland, British Columbia.


Alex Boersma is a scientific illustrator and designer based in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Jumping into Genetics 3

Chapter 2 Rewriting the Genome 13

Chapter 3 Better Blood 23

Chapter 4 Mutant Mosquitoes 37

Chapter 5 Cancer Cured 51

Chapter 6 Perfect Potatoes 65

Chapter 7 Healthy Herds 79

Chapter 8 Death Defeated 89

Chapter 9 Enhanced Humans 101

Chapter 10 Facing the Future 113

Sources 118

Index 123

Further Reading and More Information 126

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