Baines, William. Biotechnology from A to Z. NY: Oxford University Press, 1993. $19.95 (paper). ISBN 0-19-963334-7. [Vol. 29, No. 8, p.231]Books for Children and Beginning Readers
This is an extended glossary of about 280 terms designed to give the nonexpert a quick insight into the meaning of biotechnology’s fundamental concepts and jargon.
Berg, Paul, and Maxine Singer. Dealing with Genes: The Language of Heredity. Sausalito, CA: University Science Books, 1992. $34.00. ISBN 0-935702-69-5. [Vol. 29, No. 3, p.73]
This book about molecular genetics covers basic chemistry and cell biology, as well as the structure and fundamental role of DNA and the information it contains.
Bodmer, Walter, and Robin McKie. The Book of Man: The Human Genome Project and the Quest to Discover Our Genetic Heritage. NY: Scribner, 1995. $25.00. ISBN 0-684-80102-7. [Vol. 31, No. 3, p.71]
In this engagingly written book for the general reader, the authors integrate classical genetics in the understanding of human characteristics and diseases with progress in molecular genetics and the design of the human genome project.
Bonner, John Tyler. Sixty Years of Biology: Essays on Evolution and Development. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1996. $24.95. ISBN 0-691-02130-9. [Vol. 32, No. 8, p. 230]
This absolute jewel of a little book contains Bonner’s thoughts on "how and why we got here and why are we the way we are." Chapters cover self-organization, natural selection, competition, gene accumulation and gene silencing, and why labor becomes divided.
Brynie, Faith Hickman. Genetics and Human Health: A Journey Within. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 1995. $15.90. ISBN 1-56294-545-9. [Vol. 31, No., 6, p.172]
This easy-to-read, non-technical introduction to the fast-growing area of human genetics is an excellent beginning text for many who have questions about their genetics or others who would like to better understand our daily diet of information from the media about DNA and genes.
Cavalli-Sforza, Luigi Luca, and Francesco. The Great Human Diasporas: The History of Diversity and Evolution. NY: Addison-Wesley, 1995. $27.50. ISBN 0-201-40755-8. [Vol. 32, No. 1, p.7]
By bringing together relevant research in history, paleontology, genetics, and linguistics, among other scientific disciplines, the Cavalli-Sforzas have created a brilliant epic of human development and dispersal, from protohumans to modern man.
Depew, David J., and Bruce H. Weber. Darwinism Evolving: Systems Dynamics and the Genealogy of Natural Selection. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995. $49.95. ISBN 0-262-04145-6. [Vol. 31, No. 6, p.167]
In this book, the authors examine how Darwinism has changed to meet the challenges of Mendelian genetics and how it is likely to change again in the face of today’s challenges from within the realm of molecular genetics.
Drlica, Karl A. Double-Edged Sword: The Promises and Risks of the Genetic Revolution. NY: Addison-Wesley, 1994. $20.00. ISBN 0-201-40838-4. [Vol. 31, No. 4, p. 102]
Drlica’s goal with this book is to educate the general reader in the intricacies of genetic testing, prenatal screening, gene therapy, and screening for predisposition to cancer. Compelling case histories are used to introduce each topic, and ethical issues are addressed throughout.
Kitcher, Philip. The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996. $25.00. ISBN 0-684-80055-1. [Vol. 32, No. 4, p.110]
In the book’s first section, Kitcher writes on how genetic testing is done, the ethics of genetic testing, sequencing DNA, the various types of genetic therapy, and the possible uses and misuses of information on genetics. The second section is an argument for what Kitcher calls utopian eugenics - the practice of modifying the human gene pool for the good of as many as possible.
Lewin, Roger. Patterns in Evolution: The New Molecular View. NY: Scientific American Library, 1997. $32.95. ISBN 0-7167-5069-4. [Vol. 33, No. 3, p. 72]
Lewin shows how the introduction of molecular techniques has broadened the arena of evolutionary biology and uses these techniques as the springboard to explain important concepts of molecular genetics.
Marion, Robert. Was George Washington Really the Father of Our Country? A Clinical Geneticist Looks at World History. NY: Addison-Wesley, 1994. $22.95. ISBN 0-201-62255-6. [Vol. 30, No. 6, p.170]
In this book, clinical geneticist Marion describes six great leaders (Washington, George III, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Rasputin, and John F. Kennedy) whose genetic makeup had a profound effect on how they saw the events surrounding them and how they responded to those events.
Maxwell, Kenneth. The Sex Imperative: An Evolutionary Tale of Sexual Survival. NY: Plenum Press, 1994. $24.95. ISBN 0-306-44649-9. [Vol. 30, No. 8, p. 231]
Maxwell presents an ambitious thesis: We are what we are because of the sex imperative. That is, everything revolves around the simple, yet unavoidable, fact that our genes cry out for representation in subsequent generations.
Murray, Thomas H., Mark Rothstein, and Robert F. Murray, Jr. (Eds.) The Human Genome Project and the Future of Health Care. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996. $29.95. ISBN 0-253-33213-3. [Vol. 33, No. 3, p.74]
This book is a detailed and comprehensive examination of the implications that the human genome project has for the patient, the physician, and society as a whole. Well balanced in the subjects it discusses, the book serves as an excellent tool for the identification of topics for public debate.
Nelkin, Dorothy, and M. Susan Lindee. The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon. NY: Freeman, 1995. $22.95. ISBN 0-7167-2709-9. Vol. 31, No. 5, p. 132]
This book documents the powers of the gene: how it has become equated with God by some; and how it has become the explanation for many social problems, such as alcoholism, the state of the American family, and the changing dynamics of race and gender.
Raeburn, Paul. The Last Harvest: The Genetic Gamble That Threatens to Destroy American Agriculture. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995. $24.00. ISBN 0-684-80365-8. [Vol. 31, No. 7, p. 204]
The Last Harvest presents the important story of the disappearance of the genetic diversity needed for the future improvement of crop plants that are the mainstay of U.S. and world agriculture.
Shapiro, Robert. The Human Blueprint: The Race to Unlock the Secrets of Our Genetic Code. NY: Bantam Books, 1992. $12.50. ISBN 0-533-37057-X. [Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 14]
The Human Blueprint is an accurately and imaginatively presented adventure story about the deciphering of the human genome. The book tells of the lives and personalities of some major players in genetics.
Tobach, Ethel, and Betty Rosoff (Eds.). Challenging Racism and Sexism: Alternatives to Genetic Explanations. (From the Genes and Gender Series.) NY: Feminist Press, 1994. $35.00. ISBN 1-55861-089-8. [Vol. 31, No. 2, p.37]
The 15 papers in this volume are directed toward combating sexism and racism. These the editors believe are due to an attempt on the part of sociobiology to see behavior as genetically determined. Instead, they argue that what is ascribed to biological characteristics is really due to "class and history."
Varmus, Harold, and Robert A. Weinberg. Genes and the Biology of Cancer. NY: Scientific American Library, 1993. $32.95. ISBN 0-7167-5037-6. [Vol. 29, No. 2, p.46]
In this book, the authors achieve a blend of telling the historical and presenting the latest knowledge. They begin with an overview of molecular biology of the cell, then deal with most of the important concepts relating to our understanding of this complex disease.
Level Of Difficulty
The following key has been used to indicate the level of difficulty for the books, videotapes; and software listed below:Two consecutive levels are separated by a comma; for example, K, EP. Three or more consecutive levels are condensed to show the youngest and oldest age groups, and the symbols for these are separated by a dash; for example, K-El. GA is always noted separately.K Preschool or kindergarten
EP Elementary, grades 1 & 2
EI Elementary, grades 3 & 4
EA Elementary, grades 5 & 6
JH Junior high, grades 7 & 8
YA Young adult, grades 9-12
T Teaching professional
GA General audience
Barkwill, Fran. Cells Are Within Us. (Illus. By Mic Rolph.) Minneapolis: Carolrhoda, 1993. $13.13. ISBN 0-87614-762-7. [Vol. 29, No.4, p.116, EP-EA]Videotapes
Cells Are Us provides young readers with a window on the microscopic world of their own bodies, discussing fertilization, cell division, development, and the functions of different types of cells in a style that is sure to captivate elementary school-age children.
Camp, Carole Ann (Ed.). Invitations to Cells: Life’s Building Blocks, Invitations to Evolving, and Invitations to Heredity: Generation to Generation. (Illus.; from the Living Things Science Series.) South Deerfield, MA: Ash Grove Press, 1996. $5.95 (paper). ISBN 1-886172-12-9, -11-0, and -09-9. [Vol. 32, No. 6, p.179, EI, EA]
The Living Things Science Series is a very creative group of science exploratory activities designed for grades 3-5. Each book in the series contains 10 activities (called invitations); a generous resource list, including fiction and nonfiction books; an extensive vocabulary list with definitions; and a summary statement of the major biological concepts appearing in the activities.
Evans, Colin. The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World’s Most Baffling Crimes. NY: Wiley, 1996. $24.95. ISBN 0-471-07650-3. [Vol. 33, No. 1, p.13, JH, YA, GA]
Hyperbole abounds in this fascinating volume, primarily a casebook of scientific crime detection. Not about forensics, the book instead portrays the employment of the forensic sciences (such as DNA typing) in legal proceedings.
Flanagan, Geraldine Lux. Beginning Life. NY: DK Publishing, 1996. $19.95. ISBN 0-7894-0609-8. [Vol. 32, No. 9, p.270, JH-T, GA]
Beginning Life presents the development of a new individual. Events surrounding this development are illustrated by electron micrographs, ultrasound scans, and photographs taken in utero. Many embryologic terms are introduced and defined.
Wells, Donna. Biotechnology. (Illus.; from the Inventors and Inventions Series.) Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark Books, 1996. $16.95. ISBN 0-7614-0046-X. [Vol. 32, No. 6, p.181, EA-YA]
This book runs the gamut from Mendel to contemporary genetic theory and genetic engineering. Biographies of notables such as Mendel, Crick, and Watson are accompanied by biographies of not-so-well-known researchers.
Human Reproduction: Ovulation to Birth, distributed by Benchmark
Media; 1993. (From the Modern Biology Series.) Color. 18 min. Teacher’s
guide. Video: $495. [Vol. 31, No.3, p.89, YA]
This well-produced video details the major steps from ovulation to birth. The story of the development and maturation of the ovum in the follicle, the subsequent rupture of the follicle, the fertilization, implantation, and the various developmental stages of the fetus are quickly and clearly elucidated.
Genetics CD-ROM, distributed by Clearvue-EAV; 1995. $225 (lab
pack of 5 CD-ROMs); $75 (each). [Vol. 32, No. 5, p.152, YA-T, GA]
Genetics discusses simple Mendelian genetics and uses the work of various researchers and the work on the tobacco mosaic virus to convince us that genes are made of nucleic acid.
HyperCELL 1997 CD-ROM, distributed by Garland Publishing; 1997.
$49.95. ISBN 0-8153-2563-0. [Vol. 33, No. 3, p. 89, C]
HyperCELL is a learning program about cell biology for college-level students. Especially impressive is the treatment of such topics as telomerase, colon cancer, and DNA replication.
Nye the Science Guy: Genes
This is the page that accompanies an episode about genes from the popular children's television series. It contains brief information about genetics which can be used to supplement a biology lesson for children. http://www.kcts.org/nyelabs/nyeverse/episode/e83.html
The purpose of this site is to give visitors the opportunity to see what chromosomes look like under the microscope and how abnormalities of chromosomes are identified. http://www.pathology.washington.edu:80/Cytogallery/
of Regional Networks for Genetic Services (CORN)
This is the homepage of CORN, an organization which provides national coordination among the ten regional networks representing all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands http://www.cc.emory.edu/PEDIATRICS/corn/corn.htm
Channel Online: Gene Therapy
This online article tells the compelling story of how a genetic therapy for a disorder called ADA deficiency was developed by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. It is also the story of Ashanthi DeSilva, the first child to receive the gene therapy for the extremely rare disorder. http://eagle.online.discovery.com/DCO/doc/1012/world/science/gene/geneopener.html
into the Gene Pool
A companion web site for an exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. http://www.exploratorium.edu/genepool/exhibits.html
DNA Learning Center
Sponsored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, this page supports public education on genetics. It includes information about field trips, workshops, offsite links, and other resources on genetics, medicine, and biotechnology. http://darwin.cshl.org
The Gene Letter
This online newsletter about genetics and public policy features regular columns on science, medicine, ethics, law and international developments. The site also offers a Student Corner and resources section. Back issues are archived. http://www.geneletter.org/
A Gene Map of the Human
Sponsored by Science magazine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), this page gives you detailed information about specific genes which are featured on the site. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/science96/
A monthly exploration of genetics topics produced by the Genetics and Public Issues (GPI) program at the National Center for Genome Research (NCGR). Includes such topics as breast cancer, cloning, diabetes, and colon cancer. http://www.ncgr.org/gpi/odyssey/
Support Groups Online
This site contains links to genetic support groups and other health-related sites and includes a very comprehensive listing of Internet links related to genetic disorders and disabilities. http://members.aol.com/dnacutter/sgroup.htm
Genetics and Ethics
From the Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia, this page is a comprehensive list of resources on genetics and ethics available on the Internet. http://www.ethics.ubc.ca/brynw/
and Heredity Links
This page of annotated links was put together by Mrs. Vaughn's 6th grade class at Metcalf Laboratory School in Illinois. http://www.ilstu.edu/depts/labschl/metcalf/vaughn/
The Genetics Education Center from the University of Kansas Medical Center provides information on and links to sites about the Human Genome Project, genetic education resources, networking, and lots more. http://kumchttp.mc.ukans.edu/instruction/medicine/genetics/homepage.html
Genetics Education Network
Not to be confused with the Genetics Education Center (see above), this page from Kansas State University contains information and resources from the Gene Project, which is dedicated to helping teachers and students do real science using modern research organisms. http://www.phys.ksu.edu/pub/gene/
This page from Genentech's Access Excellence program provides links to sites such as "Classic Papers in Genetics," "The Genetics Education NEtwork (GENE)," and "Microbial Genetics Problems Co-op," as well as to educational sites in all the sciences. http://www.gene.com/ae/RC/genetics.html
You Are Unique
This page contains genetics lessons for children adapted by the University of Michigan's Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), indexed by age group and by subject. http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~coalitn/sciedoutreach/funexperiments/agesubject/lessons/genetics.html#vocab
Hispanic Educational Genome
This web site contains lessons and activities, in Spanish and English, from a Department of Energy funded educational project. The project's goal is to develop, implement, and distribute culturally competent, linguistically appropriate, and relevant curricula that leads to Hispanic student and family interactions regarding the science, ethical, legal, and social issues of the Human Genome Project. http://vflylab.calstatela.edu/hgp/
The Human Genome
Project at MCET
This is a web site dedicated to ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding human genome research. Created by the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET), this site includes an interactive forum for high school students and teachers to compare their opinions with those of their peers and a showcase for student work. http://phoenix.mcet.edu/humangenome/index.html
Genome Project Information
This home page for the U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program is maintained by the Human Genome Management Information System. The site gives general information about the Human Genome Project and genetics in general. It also provides information on research topics and serves as a gateway to other resources. Its collection of links to other resources is one of the most comprehensive on the Internet. http://www.ornl.gov/TechResources/Human_Genome/home.html
This is an introduction to many of the basic concepts of genetics. Visitors to this site can explore genetics using interactive animations and simulations. http://www.explorescience.com/mouse/mouse.htm
Issues & Ethics
Part of Genentech's Access Excellence site, this page contains reprints of articles about a wide variety of topics pertaining to ethics and biotechnology. http://www.gene.com/ae/AB/IE/index.html
National Laboratory's ELSI Project
The ELSI in Science program is a pilot project designed to stimulate discussions on the implications of selected areas of scientific research. The site contains modules that can be used by educators and students at the middle school through high school levels. http://www.lbl.gov/Education/ELSI/ELSI.html
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
With information in Spanish and English, this site provides information about birth defects and infant health targeted to general audiences. http://www.modimes.org/
Michigan State University Department
of Pediatrics/Human Development
This page contains information for the general public on a variety of topics. Highlights include a family guide to cystic fibrosis and information about prenatal screening. http://www.phd.msu.edu/
This site consists of an interactive lecture on Mendelian Genetics from the Plant Biology 102 course, at the University of Illinois. http://ampere.scale.uiuc.edu/pb102/get.cgi?lect+20
This is an educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science. http://www.netspace.org/MendelWeb/
National Center for Genome Resources
This page offers information on the genome sequence database, genetics and public issues, and employment opportunities in genetics. http://www.ncgr.org/
The National Human Genome Research
The National Human Genome Research Institute's home page describes the human genome project and gives information about intramural research, grant opportunities, policy and public affairs, and news items. http://www.nhgri.nih.gov/
The Natural History of Genes
Sponsored by the University of Utah School of Medicine, the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, the Utah Museum of Natural History, this page offers science education tools for teachers, as well as activities, experiments, and information about low-cost equipment. http://raven.umnh.utah.edu/
This site was developed by the National Society of Genetics Counselors, Inc. (NSGC) to assist consumers in locating genetic counseling services and for students curious about the profession. Counselors are listed by state and city. http://members.aol.com/nsgcweb/rlhome.htm
Office of Rare Diseases
This site from the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) at the National Institutes of Health connects you to a wide range of information on more than 6,000 rare diseases, current research and clinical trials, and support groups. http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/ord/
of Genes: Inherited Risks
This Web site, designed to complement the PBS program of the same name, provides further information on genetics, genetic testing, and related fields. http://www.pbs.org/gene/welcome/1_welcome.html
Student Allele Database
This is the home page of a project that involves high school students from around the country in a long-term research project that illustrates many facets of the Human Genome Project. http://http.bsd.uchicago.edu/hgd-sad/
The Student Genome Project
Employing and evaluating interactive multimedia and 3D technologies (Shockwave, Java, cgi, VRML, etc.) in a cross-platform web environment, this project is currently being developed for testing and research, together with the students and teachers at the Manhattan Center for Math and Science, East Harlem. http://www.cat.nyu.edu/sgp/
This online book for general audiences on the Human Genome Project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Human Genome Project. It is available as a viewable Adobe Acrobat file or downloadable in PDF format. http://www.ornl.gov/TechResources/Human_Genome/tko/
This online booklet from the National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Human Genome Research provides basic information about gene testing and key genetic concepts. This booklet also provides answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the science, potential benefits, and potential risks of gene testing. http://www.gene.com/ae/AE/AEPC/NIH/index.html
A World of Genetics Societies
This page links to individual home pages of five professional genetics societies. It also includes genetics education resources and information about careers. An online career brochure is available which contains profiles of scientists working in the field of genetics. http://www.faseb.org/genetics/
* The Science + Literacy for Health: Human Genome Project
was supported by a grant from the Director, Office of Energy Research,
Office of Health and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy
under contract DE-FG02-95ER61988.