Thursday, March 31, 2011

Stille, Darlene R. Altering the Biological Blueprint

Stille, Darlene R. Altering the Biological Blueprint
Compass Point Books/Capstone 2011 48 21.49
978-0-7565-4049-4 ms/hs Genetic engineering VG-BNS Headline Science (Capstone)

Overview to genetic engineering, including controversies related to this study. Custom-made life forms were once relegated to the realm of science fiction. But strides in genetic engineering, which explores DNA, the blueprint of life, has made this a possibility. Scientists are already able to create disease-resistant plants. They have successfully cloned animals. Should genetic engineering be used to cure serious illnesses or create new food supplies?

Genetic engineering also raises ethical issues. Should scientists tamper with genetic codes?

Going behind the news headlines to explore the history of genetics, key issues, and current studies and trends, readers are encouraged to reach their own conclusions. The text is well-researched, eclectic, and informative. A timeline ranging from 1869 to the present is included, along with a useful glossary, subject index, and suggestions for sources of additional information.

The pedestrian cover and lackluster layout will not be appealing to casual readers. However, the topical subject matter will be a welcome addition to many collections. Welliver, Hilary

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