Inside Science Reviews

Infectious Disease Research: ISBN 978-1-60152-177-4 / eBook: 978-1-60152-317-4
Biotech Research: ISBN 978-1-60152-176-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-316-7
School Library Journal, Febrary 2012

Gr 6-8 This is a general overview of not just infectious diseases, but also of related research such as the refinement of the microscope in 1670, the inception of vaccines in 1796, and the seminal formulation of various medical theories. Allman discusses infectious disease in three distinct areas: identification and diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Highlighting the work of individual scientists throughout history, such as the legacy of World Health Organization's Carlo Urbani, who died in 2003 as a direct result of treating patients infected with SARS influenza, the book heralds the ongoing research of many notable scientists past and present. The author remains unbiased, utilizing a journalistic writing style coupled with vivid scientific photos in order to elucidate principles of microbiology. A time line spanning six centuries earmarks significant advances and events while color-coded text boxes highlight terms (in gold) and supplemental information (in blue). Modules in biology, health, current events, and social studies can be feasibly built around this informative source of core reading material.

Biotech Research: ISBN 978-1-60152-176-7 eBook: 978-1-60152-316-7
Booklist, December 1, 2011

With a wide scope and dense detail, this title in the Inside Science series is an excellent choice for classroom discussion about controversial issues. Can science resolve the global hunger crisis by using biotechnology to produce more food while preserving the earth's natural resources? Genetic engineering of corn can increase the nutritional value and reduce the need for pesticides, but is there a risk? Should an embryo that shows a genetic predisposition to defects be terminated? And what about research into future technology, such as fuel to replace gasoline and lower greenhouse gases? Not everyone will agree with the statements, of course, but the disagreements will fuel classroom exploration of ongoing debates, from nature versus nurture to genetic manipulation.