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Genetic engineering : debating the benefits and concerns
Judson, Karen, 1941-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA : Enslow Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
128 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm.
Welcome to the clone age -- Genetic engineering -- Gene therapy -- Genetic testing -- Genetic discrimination, privacy, and civil liberties -- The gene business -- Genetics in our future.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.2 4.0 52800.
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QH442 .J83 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A sheep named Dolly was born from tissue taken from her mother's udder. This Australian sheep made international news because, if sheep could be cloned, could humans be far behind? Author Karen Judson tackles these ethical issues, and many more. Judson explores the history and future of genetic research, including the possibility that understanding genetics will lead to cures for hereditary diseases. She also discusses the downside, that employers and insurance companies might discriminate against people whose genetic history indicates they are at risk for hereditary diseases.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Looking serene and absolutely "normal," Dolly the sheep clone stares out from the cover of this book. She is the perfect lead into the first chapter entitled "Welcome to the Clone Age." Judson presents not only the issues connected with animal and human cloning, but also the basic principles of genetics. The same care in the explanation of basics is applied to genetic engineering, gene therapy, testing, discrimination based on genetics, and "the gene business." Along the way, both benefits and dangerous implications of each topic are brought to the fore. Gary E. McCuen's Cloning, Science and Society (GEM, 1998) has more detailed discussions of specific aspects of the debate. James D. Torr's Genetic Engineering (Greenhaven, 2000) explores many of the same ideas for a more sophisticated readership. Judson's work has short chapters divided into clearly labeled and easily digestible sections, and includes a generous helping of simple diagrams and halftone photographs. Detailed chapter notes, a bibliography of works published in the 1990s, a substantial glossary, and a selective list of reliable Internet addresses increase the value of this compact volume.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.