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Cloning: Frontiers of Genetic Engineering David Jefferis Crabtree Publishing Company, New YorkISBN 0-7787-0048-8 This book is an excellent resource into how cloning came about, what’s been done with it, and what may come in the future. This book is written for people who have a basic understanding of science. If you have that this book is an easy read. The format of the book is laid out step-by-step of how cloning came to be all the way through to where it is going.

This book had fifteen chapters, but is more divided into three sections: Introduction to Cloning, Advance of Genetics, and a Summary. In the Introduction it explains what genes and clones are and how they work. It also goes into the roots of genetic engineering, with life changes and evolution. Once that is covered it talks about a man named Gregor Mendel who set the scene for genetics by studying flowers.

The nest section goes right into the cell and explains the genetic make-up of cells and their components.

Section two, Advance of Genetics, starts to talk more about what science has done with cells so far and gets into the cloning aspect. This is where they first talk about Dolly, the first clones sheep. The next chapter is all about how cloning and genetics is an international project and how it takes information from all over the world coming together to crack some of the genetic codes needed for cloning. The next chapter is about the cloning of humans and how many scientific and controversial problems there are with this. It also talks about the impact that human cloning would have on organ transplants, since there is a shortage of them in the medical field today. It goes on to talk about gene therapy and how it...