Why We're Making Hybrids, Chimeras, and Clones
by Jeff Campbell
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Pub Date 03 May 2022 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Zest Books ™
Our brave new world is here.
With modern genetic technologies, science fiction's "what if?" has become the scientist's "why not?" Bioengineering has the potential to remake animals in almost any way we can imagine, and it's being used to solve a range of urgent global problems, including climate change, species extinctions, the destruction of natural habitats, and human health issues.
But just because we can do all these things, does that mean we should?
In the pages of Glowing Bunnies!? you will encounter some of the strange and wonderful genetically modified animals of tomorrow. Learn why scientists are going to such lengths to mess with genes and what the ethical and health-related consequences might be. By understanding both the science and the stakes, you too can judge the potential of this budding science to save—or ruin—the world.
Presented as a compendium of existing and proposed creatures, this book describes the animals being created, the scientific techniques involved, and each animal's purpose. Additionally, it addresses bioethics, unintended consequences, and animal welfare.
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Glowing Bunnies!? by Jeff Campbell is a fun nonfiction book that is perfect for use in the middle school or high school classroom. The book is about bioengineering, which when scientists remake animals in a way that is not natural. Although its not natural, there are many benefits to bioengineering, including solving species extinction and human health issues. The book includes sections on hybrids like ligers, extinct animals like the wooly mammoth, clothes like Dolly, and pets like designer dogs.
Here is an excerpt from the opening chapter:
"Welcome to our brave new world.
With genetic engineering, our science-fiction future has arrived. Every time people have imagined some impossible creation - Frankenstein's monster or clone army, reborn dinosaurs or bioengineered sharks, mutant insects, supersmart chimpanzees, or even the ancient mythic Chimera, that part-lion, part-goal, part-serpent, fire-breathing beast - we've wondered, What if it really existed?
In one way or another, if not today, then tomorrow, we may get to find out. These flights of fancy could come to life - and all thanks to our new genetic tools, which allow us to modify and change animals in almost any way we want."
Overall, Glowing Bunnies!? is a very interesting book that would make the perfect gift for the budding scientist in your life who is interested in bioengineering. One highlight of this book are the many pictures that adorn the pages. I loved seeing pictures of these existing or mythic animals, and it enhanced my reading experience a lot.
Another highlight of this book is the glossary at the back of science terms. I'm sure it will help any student who needs help with an unfamiliar term. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're looking for a new science text for a middle or high school student, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in May!
A thorough, no-nonsense text explaining the basics of genetics, genetic engineering, and artificial selection. The text also gets into how humans have shaped the living species on our globe over our millennia. Hybrids, breeding, and breeding programs to bring back endangered animals are also covered. This book is better suited for middle and high school grade readers. A great book for the science classroom or school library.