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Andrews, Lori B., et al., eds. Assessing Genetic Risks: Implications for Health and Social Policy. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1994. This report by the Committee on Assessing Genetic Risks addresses the many phases of genetic testing and its impact on patients, providers, and laboratories. It is based on information gleaned from participants in workshops, public meetings, scientific and policy literature, and extensive discussions. (1)

Aronson, Billy. They Came From DNA. Scientific American Books for Young Readers. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman, 1993. A light hearted but scientifically accurate look at what makes humans who they are. Good for younger readers. (2)

Angler, Natalie. Natural Obsessions: The Search for the Oncogene. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1988. A dramatic story for lay readers of the isolation and cloning of oncogenes, providing a picture of molecular genetics as actually practiced. (1)

Balkwill, Fran. Amazing Schemes Within Your Genes. United Kingdom: HarperCollins, 1993.

_________.Cells Are Us. United Kingdom: HarperCollins, 1990.

_________.Cell Wars. United Kingdom: HarperCollins, 1990.

_________.DNA Is Here to Stay. United Kingdom: HarperCollins, 1992.

The cartoon illustrations in all four books support explanations of scienhfic concepts; suitable for reading aloud to students, as well as for students' use. These books are available in the United States from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. (1, 2)

Baskin, Yvonne. The Gene Doctors: Medical Genetics at the Frontier. New York, NY: William Morrow and Co., 1984. A lucid and exciting account that explores the present and future impact of genetic engineering technology. (1)

Bishop, Jerry E., and Waldholz, Michael. Genome: The Story of the Most Astonishing Scientific Adventure of Our Time-The Attempt to Map All the Genes in the Human Body. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1990. Highlights major events leading up to our present state of genetic exploration and biotechnology. Includes examples of personal challenge and achievement as well as a good feeling for the personal and professional challenges involved in scientific research. (1)

Cavalieri, Liebe F. The Double-edged Helix: Science in the Real World. New York: NY: Columbia University Press, 1981. A biochemist's critical view of the long-range consequences of recombinant DNA technology, and, more generally, of what he sees as the growing subservience of science to technology. (1)

Crick, Francis H.C. What Mad Pursuit? A Personal View of Scientific Discovery. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1990. A personal account, sometimes divergent from James Watson's, by the co-discoverer of DNA structure. The book includes biographical material and Crick's thoughts on other scientific and theoretical issues in molecular biology. (1)

Gonick, Larry, and Wheelis, Mark. The Cartoon Guide to Genetics. rev. ed. New York, NY: HarperCollins Perennial, 1991. Cartoons for all ages. Some illustrations are helpful for class explanations of concepts. (1-3)

Goodfield, June. Playing God. New York, NY: Random House, 1977. A look at the both the people and ethical issues involved in the early days of genetic engineering. (1)

Grobstein, Clifford. A Double Image of the Double Helix: The Recombinant-DNA Debate. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman, 1979. Recounts the background and significance of the controversy over recombinant DNA research. Illustrates the scientific and social issues generated and how they were addressed early in the history of recombinant DNA. (1-4)

Hall, Stephen S. Invisible Frontiers; The Race to Synthesize a Human Gene. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 1988. An inside view for the average reader on the science, politics, and pitfalls of the race to clone the gene for insulin. This well-researched account describes molecular biology in action, scientific competition, the development of NIH's recombinant DNA committee, and the birth of the first biotechology company, Genentech, Inc. (1)

Herskowitz, Joel and Herskowitz, Ira. Double Talking Helix Blues. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1993. This tape-book package, illustrated by Judy Cuddihy, provides a unique way of learning about DNA and genes and how they work. Interesting and fun for young people and adults who are curious about how they and their relatives became the unique individuals they are. (1, 2)

Judson, Horace F. The Eighth Day of Creation: The Makers of the Revolution in Biology. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1979. A science writer's comprehensive and accessible history of the research leading to the elucidahon of the structure of DNA, the deciphering of the genetic code, and the structure and function of proteins. (14)

Kewles, Daniel J., and Hood, Leroy., eds. The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992. An anthology of essays on the potential scientific and medical triumphs and social and ethical implications of the Human Genome Project. (2, 3)

Lappe, Marc. Broken Code: The Exploitation of DNA. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books, 1984. An exploration by a public health expert of the social and ethical implications of recombinant DNA research. (1-4)

Lewis, R. "DNA Fingerprints: Witness for the Prosecution," Discover, June 1988. Light reading about the application of DNA principles to criminal identification. (1)

Los Alamos National Laboratory. "The Human Genome Project." Los Alamos Science, vol. 20, 1992. This is a nicely illustrated overview of The Human Genome Project from the perspective of Los Alamos National Laboratory. It provides an excellent review of genetics and molecular genetics as well as a very thorough overview of genome mapping. The typography and illustrations make this accessible to high school students. (1-3).

National Institutes of Health. Genetic Information and Health Insurance: Report of the Task Force on Genetic Information and Insurance. National Center for Human Genome Research, National Institutes of Health, May 10, 1993. This report assesses the potential impact of new advances in human genetics on the current system of health care coverage, and makes recommendations for managing that impact within a reformed health care system.

Pines, Maya, ed. Blazing a Genetic Trail. Bethesda, MD: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1991.

_________, ed. Finding the Critical Shapes. Bethesda, MD: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1990.

_________, ed. From Egg to Adult. Bethesda, MD: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1992.

_________.The Structures of Life: Discovering the Molecular Shapes That Determine Health or Disease. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 1988.

These excellent articles are suitable for advanced students as well as general students. Illustrations are useful for bulletin board displays. (1-3)

Recombinant DNA: Readings from Scientific American. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman, 1978. Thirteen articles from Scientific American that describe major scientific discoveries basic to recombinant DNA. Includes the 1975 article by Stanley Cohen describing how recombinant molecules were first produced. Includes bibliography. (3, 4)

Ronan, Colin A. Science: Its History and Development Among the World's Cultures. Facts on File, 1982. This very comprehensive history of science demonstrates how science both shaped and was shaped by the culture of the prevailing times. (1)

Shapiro, Robert. The Human Blueprint: The Race to Unlock the Secrets of Our Genetic Code. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1992. A "reader-friendly" account by a professor of chemistry of the historical background, scope, and social meaning of the Human Genome Project. (1)

Strachan, T. The Human Genome. 1st ed. Oxford, UK: BIOS Scientific Publishers, 1992. A brief descriphon of the genome project and the science surrounding it. (3)

Watson, Elizabeth L. Houses for Science: A Pictorial History of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1991. Includes "Landmarks of Twentieth Century Genetics," a series of essays by James D. Watson. (1-3)

Watson, James D. The Double Helix. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1969. A popular and highly personal account of the science and personalides involved in the discovery of the structure of DNA. (13).

_________."Succeeding in Science: Some Rules of Thumb," Science, no. 261, September 24, 1993. Dr. Watson writes about succeeding in science. Some of his rules include "Learn from winners, take risks, have a fallback, and have fun and stay connected." (1-3)

Watson, James D., and Crick, Francis H.C. "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acid: A Structure of Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid." Nature, vol. 171, 1953. This is the article that set the foundahon for all of molecular genetics. Probably the single most important page in the history of biology. (2-4)

Watson, James D., and Tooze, John.The DNA Story: A Documentary History ofGene Cloning. New York, NY W.H. Freeman, 1981. A history of gene cloning told through scientific papers, correspondence, newspaper articles, cartoons, and so on. (1-3)

Watson, J.D., et al. Recombinant DNA. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Scientific American Books, 1992. Highly readable, accessible book, covering everything from the very basics of molecular biology to the latest, gorund-breaking applications of recombinant DNA technology. An excellent resource for the teacher with some molecular biology background as well as the advanced student. (2-4)


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