Genetics

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Genetics


Cook, Marilyn, Science Scope


Genetics By Carla Mooney. $16.95. 119 pp. Nomad Press. White River Junction, VT. 2014. ISBN: 9781619302129.

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From 1865, when Gregor Mendel was working with pea plants, to 2013, when doctors began using gene therapy to treat children with leukemia in a clinical trial at a Philadelphia hospital, the study of genetics has come along way. This book explores the history of this fascinating science.

The book's concepts are written in an easy-to-understand format. Simply by reading the general timeline and the history of genetics timeline provided, the reader is able to see the importance of this field of study and the advances scientists have made. These timelines are at the beginning of the book and context for the following chapters. This book begins each chapter with a question and develops the answer by presenting experiments the reader can try. For example, the reader is encouraged to inquire and investigate questions such as "Are Fingerprints Inherited?" and "How Big is Your Genome?" Small black-and-white cartoons add to the text and present short commentary on the concept in an easy-to-understand way. …

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