Amazing Schemes Within Your Genes

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9780001964655: Amazing Schemes Within Your Genes

Looks at the unique quality of genes and chromosomal material. The book looks at why everyone looks different to everyone else, why boys are different from girls and why children look like their parents. The author and illustrator of this book won the 1991 Science Book Prize for "Cells are Us" and "Cell Wars".

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In the Cells and Things series, a brief, zippy look at human genetics--it's quite a feat to get from DNA and chromosomes to how cells make individuals unique in just 20 words, or to summarize human evolution in three paragraphs. The cheerful, cartoonlike illustrations here are amusing: ribosomes quip ``Here I go'' or ``Yipeee''; a smiling sperm bams into an egg, cheering ``Now we've got 23 pairs of chromosomes!'' Unfortunately, the abbreviated text and picture book format are sometimes at odds with the rather difficult concepts presented: ``If each gene is a recipe, then DNA is the chemical language that the recipes are written in.'' Elsewhere, the upbeat tone leads to overstatement: ``Nowadays nurses and doctors use treatments to keep children with cystic fibrosis healthy and help them lead better lives, though the disease cannot be cured.'' For motivated young science readers. No glossary or index. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-12) -- Copyright 1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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"Ideas are presented clearly and concisely in an appropriately conversational tone, often with splashes of humor. Difficult concepts are easily understood, while vibrant colors and cartoonlike characters of both sexes and various ethnicities add to the appeal."

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Balkwill, Frances R.
Published by Collins (1993)
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Book Description Collins, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Looks at the unique quality of genes and chromosomal material. The book looks at why everyone looks different to everyone else, why boys are different from girls and why children look like their parents. New paperback copy, may have slight shelf wear, ready for immediate despatch. Bookseller Inventory # 027466

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