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"An excellent general introduction to the complex subject of cloning." -- Dr. Ian Wilmut - lead scientist in the team to clone Dolly, the sheep

"Brings together the scientific, ethical, policy, and potential applications of cloning research in a clear and highly readable discussion" -- Dr. Jane Maienschein - Director, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University, and author of "Whose View of Life? Embryos, Cloning, and Stem Cells"

"The coverage is broad, the commentary tempered by `the facts', and the writing should be readily accessible to the non-scientist." -- Dr. Mark S. Frankel - Director, Scientific Freedom, Responsibility & Law Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science

An excellent general introduction to the complex subject of cloning -- Ian Wilmut - lead scientist in the team to clone Dolly, the sheep

Brings together the scientific, ethical, policy, and potential applications of cloning research in a clear and highly readable discussion -- Jane Maienschein - Director, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University, and author of 'Whose View of Life? Embryos, Cloning, and Stem Cells'

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Aaron Levine is currently conducting research on the impact of public policy on biomedical research at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Beginner's Guides
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (May 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851685227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851685226
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aaron Levine is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, where his research focuses on understanding the impact of public policy on the development of ethically contentious technologies, particularly in the life sciences.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By science junkie on June 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read for anyone who wants a clear description of the complex subject of cloning. Levine's account of the historical advances that eventually led to the cloning of Dolly in 1996 is highly informative and entertaining. While the common myths about cloning perpetuated in Hollywood movies are dispelled, Levine presents a balanced view of the ethical issues surrounding cloning and how various governments have responded to the potential benefits and risks associated with this research. I highly recommend this book!
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"Cloning: A Beginner's Guide" is more than just a mere introduction to the contentious issue of cloning. It is the best, most concise, and clearly written, summary that I have encountered (Indeed I am so impressed with Aaron Levine's skill in handling this subject, that I've recommended to a friend who teaches introductory biology at his college to consider using excerpts from Levine's book in his class.). Levine is also a fine writer who does an admirable job in discussing the issue of cloning from virtually every perspective, without clearly demonstrating any bias - pro or con - for some of its more contentious aspects. Much to my amazement, Levine has covered succinctly in less than 171 pages of text, not only the history of cloning, but its moral, and technological, implications too. In eight terse chapters, Aaron Levine discusses the history of cloning, the importance of embryonic stem cell research as a valuable new means of human therapeutic healing, the ethics of cloning, and its future. Truly, in the best sense of the term "primer", it functions admirably as such, giving readers a superb resource on cloning that they may return to frequently.

The first half of "Cloning: A Beginner's Guide" is devoted to the origins, history, and current status of (vertebrate) animal cloning. In Chapter 1 "What cloning is and why it matters", Levine explains the importance of cloning as both a future reproductive and therapeutic tool, dispelling many of the myths and misconceptions associated with it (The most notable example is one popularized by recent Hollywood films like "Multiplicity", in which adult clones are shown performing daily tasks; a fictional depiction which Levine notes correctly is biologically incorrect for obvious reasons related to normal human growth and development.).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Domanski on July 9, 2007
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This is a very nicely packed description of the topic. Very well written: includes all the basic information plus a thorough exploration of related issues all delivered in an easy to read, enjoyable, conversational tone. I'm impressed by the amount of information within and the accessibility of its presentation. Not only a great way to access information on the science behind cloning, but a guide to the potential cloning shopper. Read within to see whether you should plan on counting on cloning to provide a repeat pet, a customized kid, or a replacement liver.

Great information for everyone - beginner, policymaker, or scientist looking for insight into the latest on cloning science. A great choice!
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