The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA

The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA

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ISBN-13: 9780809089475
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/23/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 313,014
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Schultz has written for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and his scripts and illustrations—most notably for his tour-de-force series Xenozoic Tales (also known as Cadillacs and Dinosaurs) and Superman—have garnered five Harvey Awards, two Eisners, and an Inkpot.

Illustrators Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon have worked for clients ranging from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to DC Comics, collaborating on such titles as The Replacement God and Smax and winning two Eisners for their work on Top 10.

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The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Irishdart on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Bloort 138 is a biological scientist sent to Earth to look for answers to his world¿s current health crisis. He is back and reporting on the science of genetics in terms that even the royal family can understand. He explains in some detail the importance of understand individual genetic histories, the roles of molecules, cells, dna, methods of genetic reproduction and manipulation. He briefly introduces issues including cloning and genetic engineering for the lay reader. Bloort 138¿s detailed report uses Earth¿s success with diversity to suggest a solution for the planet Gargal¿s genetic problems.Though this graphic novel is not a simple comic book, it does a good job clarifying some of the complex concepts of genetics and DNA. Dull lessons on the scientific explorations of Mendel, Darwin, Watson and Crick, and many others would be enhanced by supplementing them with Bloort 138¿s explanations and understandable descriptions. Young adults with an interest in the science of genetics will find sidebars of information on specific people and concepts. They will also appreciate the suggested reading list and illustrated glossary. The black and white drawings are sometimes crowded but always thorough in depicting the facts and research questions of genetics making this an interesting read for even those readers who don¿t especially like science. This is a recommended purchase for high school and public libraries. Grades 10 -12
meggyweg on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is essentially Genetics 101 in a graphic novel. I think the format would make this a good pick for young people and others who are bored or intimidated by science. I'm not a science whiz myself, but this book made genetics understandable, even at the molecular level, and it had a healthy dose of humor added as well.
inannamouse on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Definitely not for the meek. I read this book to see if I would recommend it to my friends who are intimidated by DNA and genetics but want to learn so that they can understand some of the public conversation. I think this book is better geared toward an audience that already knows about the topic and wants to get up to speed on some of the new findings. For beginners, I would recommend what I've been recommending for years: "The Cartoon Guide to Genetics" by Larry Gonick.
cnolasco on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A really interesting book. There is A LOT of information in this book and the information isn't at beginner level. I would definitely recommend this book to high school students who need a quick and humorous review on genetics. This book could also be very useful in a science classroom. The pages are easily readable, all key terms are in bold and clearly defined, and the illustrations are helpful.
craftyfox on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A fun, but interesting, look at genetics from an alien's point of view. My fifth grader loved this book.
verbafacio on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Taking the "explain this phenomena to aliens" route, Mark Schultz does an excellent job of reviewing the basics of human genetics. The graphic novel format is particularly well suited to the subject matter, and the excellent illustrations help to clarify more complicated concepts. Add in a healthy sprinkling of genuine humor, and you have a great piece of nonfiction.
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Frustrated_customer More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son, a future high school biology teacher. He loved it. He noticed, however, that page 36 was missing. Instead, page 44 was printed where 36 should be and, 44 was printed again, where 44 appropriately belonged. I called B&N to warn them about the defect and to have them check their inventory, so, first, no one else got a defective copy, and second, so I could get a non-defective replacement. Customer service said they cannot have the books in their warehouse checked. They said they would allow me to return the copy I had and send another, but that book would not be checked to see if it had a page 36. Since there were likely numerous defective books printed, I had no desire to go through this exchange and get another defective book. Customer service indicated they were quite willing to have defective books pulled from the shelf, packaged and shipped back and forth, but not to have the person pulling the book off the shelf to simply search to see if page 36 was there. So beware, although my son says this is an excellent book, if you buy it from B&N you may well get a defective copy.