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Genomics: A Revolution in Health and Disease Discovery

Lerner/Twenty-First Century. Sept. 2020. 144p. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781541500563.
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Gr 8 Up–This unique look at the history and impact of genomics will excite students eager to learn more about the human genome. The text goes beyond buzzwords and popular science ideas to explore related key concepts, such as Sanger sequencing and gene therapy. Real cases are included and add depth by addressing the science behind genetic testing and the people directly impacted by it. The text clearly addresses the changing nature of scientific understanding for younger readers. Stewart and Andersson chronicle the natural progression of changes applied to academic beliefs about genes and the methodologies used to study them. Commendably, the authors discuss the accomplishments of overlooked researchers, the reality of patients with inherited disorders, and other ethical issues connected to the misapplications of gene-related studies. They are honest and respectful of readers’ intelligence in a way that is refreshing in an area of nonfiction that can sometimes be esoteric.
VERDICT An excellent bridge between real-world technology applications of biotechnology and what students learn in their biology classrooms.

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