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Title:
Genetics
ISBN:
9780822529101
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, ©2006.
Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
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Contents:
Best in Show -- An Amazing Monk -- Natural Selection and New Views of Life -- More Clues to the Inheritance Puzzle -- Molecular Detective Work -- The Double Helix --Life's Secret Code -- The Rise of Biotechnology -- Glossary -- Timeline -- Biographies.
Summary:
The book skillfully explains the discovery of DNA and the emergence of modern biotechnology, including how DNA is replicated, how genes are expressed and translated as cell proteins, and how the human genome is being mapped.
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If a black dog and a white dog have puppies, what color will the puppies be? Genetic scientists have been trying to answer this question for hundreds of years. Genetics is the science of heredity--how traits are passed from parents to offspring. One of the first breakthroughs came from Gregor Mendel, a nineteenth-century monk who spent eight years breeding thousands of pea plants.Pea plants might seem pretty different from dogs, but on a microscopic level, they have a surprising amount in common. Genetic pioneers of the twentieth century unlocked the secrets of DNA, the molecule that holds heredity information for all life-forms. Thjis book tells the story of how scientists cracked the code of life and revolutionized molecular biology.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The history of genetics is introduced, beginning with Gregor Mendel's studies of pea-plant cross-pollination. The book skillfully explains the discovery of DNA and the emergence of modern biotechnology, including how DNA is replicated, how genes are expressed and translated as cell proteins, and how the human genome is being mapped. Thirty color photos, informational sidebars, and detailed diagrams complement the text. However, the author does not delve into the more controversial questions raised by genetic research and does not sufficiently discuss current developments and trends. Tony Allan's Understanding DNA: A Breakthrough in Medicine (Heinemann Library, 2002), is a suitable title for this age group and can be used in combination with this text to begin exploring ethical issues.-Carolina Geck, Kean University, Union, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Readers interested in delving deeper into fundamental theories of life science will find in these books direct narratives that clearly explain the historical development and modern interpretations of these theories, as well as current areas of research. Evolution is strictly about the science, only briefly touching on the non-scientific controversies. Diagrams, photographs, and historical illustrations help explain the concepts. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Great Ideas of Science titles: Evolution and Genetics.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.