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Genetic engineering
Spangenburg, Ray, 1939-
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New York : Benchmark Books, [2004]

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125 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Discusses the use of genetic engineering in plants and animals, and the hopes spurred by the mapping of human DNA by the Human Genome Project as well as the controversy over using stem cells for disease research.
Jack and the beanstalk -- Genetically manufactured food crops -- From douglas fir to bacterial saviors -- Is it in the wind? or not? -- Cloning bossy, Mickey, and the blue ox -- Alliance or danger? -- The human genome -- The stem cell controversy -- For and against -- At the heart of the matter.
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In the field of social policy, some topics are so complicated that they will always be subject to debate. Since no clear right or wrong exists, they are consigned to the gray areas of ongoing dispute. Among such issues open for debate both across America and in this eye-opening series are capital punishment, genetic engineering, gun control, and global warming. Others involve terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, two outright evils, though with highly disputable solutions. Open for Debate explores the past, present, and future to shed light on complex, high-priority public policy. a lucid, readily accessible format offers the pros and cons of each issue with opinions from social policy experts. It features sidebars of fascinating facts and easy-to-understand diagrams of key statistics. Open for Debate introduces future public policy thinkers to both sides of twenty-first-century, life-and-death concerns.

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Ray Spangenburg is an author who specializes in writing about science and technology. As a journalist he has covered NASA and related science activities for many years.

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Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
1 What Is Genetic Engineering?p. 10
2 What Are We Having for Dinner?p. 22
3 Biotechnology as World Farep. 31
4 Improving on Nature's Forestsp. 43
5 Cloning Animals: New, Yet Oldp. 52
6 The Human Genome: Research Breakthroughp. 67
7 The Human Stem Cell Controversyp. 75
8 Human Cloningp. 89
Conclusionp. 101
Notesp. 103
Further Informationp. 108
Bibliographyp. 112
Indexp. 118