|May 28, 2004|
Oracle Life Sciences User Group Meeting, June 23 - 24, Reston, Virginia
Suggested Science Education Reading List
The following is a list of select biotechnology and other science related books that will help you understand the world of biotechnology, help your children understand human life science, and help your new employee with the chemistry degree understand physics, genetics or statistics. If you are interested in reviewing or purchasing any of these books, we have linked each of the items below to Amazon.com, the world's largest online bookstore. Amazon.com provides a secure online transaction system, prompt delivery-to-your-door service, and at a price that rivals the largest discount stores. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for additional reading and teaching resources. Happy reading!
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Publications
Frances Balkwill and Mic Rolph have published a series of highly regarded, well written and very informative books with full-color cartoon illustrations to help children (and others) understand the complexities of the human body in a thoughtful, easy to understand manner. Topics range from understanding DNA and genes to cells and our immune system.
Schemes Within Your Genes.
Cells Are Us.
Incredible Human Body: A Book of Discovery & Learning.
Bugs & Wonder Drugs.
Other Cold Spring Harbor & Related Reading
Center for Science Information Brief Books
Steven Witt has produced an exceptional series of comprehensively researched Brief Books with the goal of increasing public awareness of emerging issues in biotechnology. Although slightly dated the information and complex issues presented are as relevant today as when first authored. The books are based on an exhaustive search of literature, government, academic and business reports and statistics, and extensive in-depth interviews with leading experts in wide ranging disciplines from broad political spectrums.
and Genetic Diversity.
Microbes and the Environment.
Cartoon Guides to Complex Topics
Larry Gonick's Cartoon Guides are a must read for anyone who want to quickly grasp the essentials of complex topics ranging from genetics and physics to computers and statistics. Gonick's books are thorough, witty and, of course, entertaining. (note: a certain leading Seattle area research center commonly gives the Guide to Genetics to new physicists, and the Guide to Physics to new geneticists to help them understand each others disciplines).
Dr. N. Celeste Bailey and Dr. N. Lucia Eskeland write books that educate children about genetics and biotechnology and the impact they have on our lives. These books are appropriate for late elementary/middle-school students, or for adults wishing to learn more about biotechnology. The workbook, Fun with Gene, has recently been approved by the Board of Education of the City of New York.
Other Suggested Reading
the Courtroom: A Trial Watcher's Guide.
Howard Coleman and Eric Swenson wrote the reference book used by both the defense and prosecuting attorneys, as well as the judge in the O. J. criminal trial. If you are a lawyer, legislator, news reporter or just plain interested in learning about DNA forensics, including scientific foundation, legal history and current issues surrounding its use in a court of law you will want to read this book.
DNA Science: An Introduction to Recombinant DNA Techniques and Methods of Genome Analysis.
DNA and Biotechnology: A Guide for Teachers.