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December 21, 2006

The Top 10 Myths About Evolution
Cameron Smith & Charles Sullivan (2006)
ISBN: 159102479X

One of the biggest problems with anti-evolution arguments is that they are usually misinformed, and it is this ignorance that allows supernatural explanations for life to permeate throughout society unchecked. We've all heard the sort of arguments this book addresses: evolution is just a theory, Intelligent Design is just as valid as any science. With such absurd arguments being bandied about, many people seem not realize that evolutionary theory is actually supported by overwhelming scientific evidence. Now, Cameron M. Smith's and Charles Sullivan's The Top 10 Myths About Evolution should protect anyone from being hoodwinked by such erroneous evolutionary arguments ever again. Both Smith and Sullivan address their topic with the sincere intent of educating the reader. The two authors assuage complexity by avoiding difficult terminology in favor of clear and concise language that does not patronize. The Top 10 Myths About Evolution would make a perfect introduction for anyone not familiar with the basic concepts of evolutionary theory.

DNA: How the Biotech Revolution Is Changing the Way We Fight Disease
Frank H. Stephenson (2006)
ISBN: 159102482X

Throughout human history, medical science has had to play catch up with diseases and sicknesses that affect our health, but now advances in biotechnology promise to take the fight directly to its source. Biochemist Frank H. Stephenson, author of Calculations for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, explains how specific arms of biotech research are developing and benefiting from the human genome project. The National Cancer Institute's cancer genome atlas project is just one example among many where new therapies for once impenetrable and insidious diseases are finally being found. Biotechnology may be a complex business, but Stephenson manages to clearly and effectively detail how biotechnology is working toward treatments for anything from heart disease to erectile dysfunction. Stephenson treats us to the most up-to-date accounts of how the human body functions, as well as telling us that with each passing year a new level of sophistication in biotechnology is attained. To this end, DNA uses a simple format that traces the early stages of a disease, it's consequence for the organism infected, to the treatments available and how they are implemented. With a foreword by Herbert Boyer, Founder of Genentech, DNA is an excellent introduction for anyone wanting to get to grips with the medical revolution currently underway.

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