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I bought this book for research to help me better understand the biological, scientific, social and ethical perspectives on the topic. Not only did it answer a good many of my questions, but it also made me think...deeper than I expected to.
Very interesting and well worth the time and money. My own writing will be stronger for having read this basic history of cloning.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2007
As both an author and reader of fiction, I was impressed with details and imformation in the book "Cloning: A beginner's Guide". Maybe it is because I have always enjoyed a book that could hold my attention and make me think at the same time. Give this book a try. The Christian fiction book that I have written main story theme is about ten years in the life of a little girl who was "chosen by God" to be the next Madonna in the second coming of Christ. Yes, it has cloning in it. Tommy Taylor Author -
The Second Virgin Birth
This is a very carefully written, amazing piece of work and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to keep up with this fascinating issue of cloning science. It is easily accessible to those who have zero knowledge of cloning, but it is also a fun read to those who have had some courses in biotechnology. You will be amazed how many questions you had in the past will be answered in this book. Levine navigates the readers extremely well through the basics of the cloning science to the hot topics including Dolly the Sheep to the recent ethical debate over human cloning. It is also very user-friendly in that he provides a good list of further reading for those who would like to explore more. The notes, glossary as well as index at the back are also extremely helpful for quickly refreshing your memory.
This is a very nicely packed description of the topic. Very well written: includes all the basic information plus a thorough exploration of related issues all delivered in an easy to read, enjoyable, conversational tone. I'm impressed by the amount of information within and the accessibility of its presentation. Not only a great way to access information on the science behind cloning, but a guide to the potential cloning shopper. Read within to see whether you should plan on counting on cloning to provide a repeat pet, a customized kid, or a replacement liver.
Great information for everyone - beginner, policymaker, or scientist looking for insight into the latest on cloning science. A great choice!
This book is a must read for anyone who wants a clear description of the complex subject of cloning. Levine's account of the historical advances that eventually led to the cloning of Dolly in 1996 is highly informative and entertaining. While the common myths about cloning perpetuated in Hollywood movies are dispelled, Levine presents a balanced view of the ethical issues surrounding cloning and how various governments have responded to the potential benefits and risks associated with this research. I highly recommend this book!