Crispr: A Powerful Way To Change Dna

byYolanda RidgeIllustratorAlex Boersma

September 8, 2020|
Crispr: A Powerful Way To Change Dna by Yolanda Ridge
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We can change the world with gene editing—but should we?  

CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. If it sounds complicated, it is—but it’s also one of the most powerful ways we can shape the future. And it’s poised to completely upend the way we think about science. 

Author Yolanda Ridge tackles this topic in a friendly and accessible tone, with two introductory chapters covering the basics of DNA and gene editing before taking readers through the ways that this ground-breaking science could affect them by potentially:

• eliminating diseases like malaria and cancer,  

• improving the stability of our food supply, and

• helping to manage conservation efforts for threatened animals and environments.
 But all of these possible advancements come with risks, the biggest being that the consequences are unknown. Chapters end with “Stop, Go, Yield” sections encouraging readers to consider the pros and cons of using CRISPR. “Cutting Questions” give readers the opportunity to further reflect on the ethics of the science. 

CRISPR is a game changer. This important book, with detailed scientific illustrations, brings much needed clarity to a topic that will affect readers for generations to come.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Yolanda Ridge is a children''s author with a passion for science who has previously worked as a genetic counselor. She lives in Rossland, British Columbia. Alex Boersma is a scientific illustrator and designer based in Chicago, Illinois.
Title:Crispr: A Powerful Way To Change Dna
Product dimensions:132 pages, 9.4 X 7.6 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:132 pages, 9.4 X 7.6 X 0.5 in
Published:September 8, 2020
Publisher:Annick Press
Appropriate for ages:14 - null
ISBN - 13:9781773214245

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