DNA Detective by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Lil Crump
Synopsis: It’ll take a genetics genius to solve this crime … In DNA Detective, Lloyd Kyi unravels the mystery of our genetic blueprint. She explains the basics of genetics in simple, clear language, and reveals the fascinating, and frequently entertaining stories of the researchers who discovered pieces of the DNA puzzle. As they learn the science of genes, readers will apply what they learn at the end of each chapter in an engaging challenge: helping a young detective eliminate suspects to solve a major crime, based on a real-world case. Meet the genetics rock stars like Frederick Sanger, whose groundbreaking research won him two Nobel Prizes in Chemistry; or Rosalind Franklin, who created the first clear image of DNA. Discover why humans are more like flies or mice than we’d like to admit, how to clone a sheep, and what palindromes have to do with DNA. From genetically engineered pets to a dating app that helps Icelanders avoid marrying their cousins, the world of DNA will surprise and delight you. Full-color photographs complement the text, while Lil Crump’s lively illustrations keep readers entertained.
2016 THE DEBARY CHILDREN’S SCIENCE BOOK AWARD FOR OLDER CHILDREN
Published: August 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1554517732
Mini-bio: Lil Crump is a published illustrator of children’s books. – Jacketflap
A miscellany of short pieces on genetics, some of them excellent, like an explanation of hemophilia, how a virus is decimating Tasmanian Devils, how mammoths might be brought back to life, etc. Will keep older readers engaged for a long time – DeBary Awards Judges Comments
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