From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-- Current advances in the field and the resulting bioethical dilemmas are the subject of this British import. Following a simplified history of genetics, Hawkes presents various actual and theoretical applications of the science. In each instance, the moral objections or controversies raised are examined. Topics are covered in double-page spreads and include early discoveries, cloning, genetic disease, medical applications, agricultural uses, and possibilities for the future. The text is minimal; the print is large, often less than half of any given page. Supplemental information is boxed and highlighted in various colors, adding visual interest. High-quality full-color photographs and excellent diagrams convey much of the information, while a final spread that includes a chronology, milestones, and glossary sums it all up nicely, making this an appealing title for those students who find science intimidating. More comprehensive overviews of both the research and its implications are found in Margaret Hyde's Cloning and the New Genetics (1984), Alvin and Virginia Silverstein's Genes, Medicine, and You (1989), and Ann E. Weiss's Bioethics: Dilemmas in Modern Medicine (1985, all Enslow), but all are geared to older audiences. --Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI
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