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Dolnick, Edward

Summary: "Why cracking the code of human conception took centuries of wild theories, misogynist blunders, and ludicrous mistakes. Throughout most of human history, babies were surprises. People knew the basics: men and women had sex, and sometimes babies followed. But beyond that the origins of life were a colossal mystery. The Seeds of Life is the remarkable and rollicking story of how a series of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2017

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 612 DOL

Summary: A simple but effective lift-the-flap book that explains the facts of life to young children with easy, comprehensible text.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE Set Lift Flap Daynes 2016

Summary: Will human cloning provide a panacea for ailments and diseases or usher in a nightmarish world of eugenics and designer people? This program presents an in-depth exploration of the ethical concerns regarding human cloning, a technology that has already prompted heated debate over its potential uses and abuses. A variety of perspectives are canvassed from the theological, legal, and scientific...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Our body is composed of billions of cells, but how does each cell know what to become? This program starts with the nucleus of a single cell and then explains the other components the cell needs to function: chromosomes, genes, DNA, and ribosomes. From hair color to height, our genes determine who we are. This program explores, through animated graphics, all of the basic genetic building blocks...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: From the promise of eliminating genetic disease to the threat of eradicating human diversity, the potential of genetics to benefit humankind is matched only by its capacity for harm. Using interviews, archival footage, and period film clips, this insightful program traces the history of genomic research and its dark offspring: behavioral genetics, eugenics, and the commodification of children....

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: When you look at a family photo, the resemblances, even across several generations, can be striking. What role do genes play, and why aren't siblings identical (and why are some)? This program explains how the formation of sex cells, from the first gamete to chromosome pairs, determines our genetic makeup. Deviations such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease, achondroplasia, Klinefelter...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Twenty years after the discovery of DNA's structure, another revolution swept biology when scientists began learning how to manipulate genes outright. The controversy continues. This program tells the story of genetic engineering's pioneers, focusing on the race to synthesize insulin and the development of genetically modified crops. Spectacular computer animations of molecular processes are...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: One day very soon, ordinary people could have the ability to choose their children's genes and perhaps even grow themselves completely new body parts. In this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent Robert Krulwich examine the breakthrough science behind cloning and delve into the ethical dilemmas surrounding advances in genetic science. Interviews with Harvard's Stephen Jay...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: This program explores the search for the one specific disease-causing gene among a hundred thousand genes clustered on 23 pairs of chromosomes-a maze called the human genome. In the 1950s, we discovered that genes were sections of the long strand of hereditary material, DNA; in the 1970s, we learned how to cut and splice that strand; in the 1990s, we are labeling the individual genes that carry...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In 1990, a massive enterprise was launched to decipher the ultimate instruction manual. The Human Genome Project soon turned into a race and a feud. This program tracks the tumultuous progress of the endeavor, detailing the scientific innovations that led to its completion, as well as its political and economic impact. Exceptional graphics bring home the daunting task of sequencing the human...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: 1.Facts of Life: This report on the “Y” chromosome reveals more than just its link to maleness. It illustrates the role of the “Y” in determining that only men are prone to certain diseases, and why it is only a small number of “Y” genes that seem to be responsible for a lot of “male” behavior. 2.Attack on the Clones: Human culture has been evolving for millennia, but at some point, genetic...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: Biotechnology combines man and mouse to track and attack man's most feared diseases, using cells to kill killer cells. Exceptional computer animation demonstrates how the body's immune system works. The program explains the role of antibodies in vaccinations and allergies, and shows the uses of monoclonal antibodies in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of different types of tumors, as...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: This program tells the story of how a small group of researchers have developed radically new ways to treat the most feared of diseases by tracing cancer back to its origins: its DNA. The program focuses on two pioneering efforts: the race between Dr. Mary Claire King and Dr. Mark Skolnick, founder of Myriad Genetics, to isolate the gene linked to breast cancer, and Dr. Brian Druker's work that...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This program gives an explanation of the promises and the dangers inherent in deciphering the gene map, and a warning about the dangers of eliminating genetic variation and recessive traits. The program analyzes the potential misuse of genetic information and demonstrates the potential of genetic engineering to provide the first true preventive medicine program in medical history, as well as...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: After recapping the contributions of Schwann, Schleiden, Crick, Watson, and Wilkins, this program investigates the basic concepts of genetics. First, protein composition and the role of proteins in cell structure are described. Next, chromosomal differences between the sexes and the structure and function of DNA are examined, along with the concept of base pairing. Third, protein transcription...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: When it comes to genetic testing, how much should a patient be told? If the news is bad, who else should the patient inform? And could-or should-such privileged information be made available to employers, insurance companies, and others? This Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller offers a compelling discourse on the far-reaching ethical, social, legal, and...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This program from The Doctor Is In demonstrates amniocentesis and ultrasound; outlines the advantages of knowing in advance that certain medical procedures are required to save a newborn, and the burden on parents of having to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy; and shows the advantages of avoiding cigarettes and alcohol during pregnancy.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: When it comes to DNA science, nobody has a better track record than Jim Watson; what makes him controversial, however, is his vision of its future. This program looks inside the Pandora's box of genetic manipulation with the man who opened it. Watson serves as guide, exploring some of the current and proposed ways scientists are improving humankind. He also addresses some of his critics,...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This program discusses the Human Genome Project, gene-related medical research, and beneficial and potentially dangerous applications of genetic technology both to humans and to plants. Efforts to fight disease through gene therapy and recombinant DNA technology are addressed, as well as research into genetically controlling cancer and organ transplant rejection. The risks of agricultural...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: The search for a magic bullet against cancer and AIDS is leading to recombinant technology-to explain the nature of the disease problem, help the body's immune system destroy the invader, and accelerate recovery from treatment. As more diseases are being nearly wiped out, more disease-resistant bacteria and viruses are turning up. Vaccine developers are using genetically-engineered vaccines to...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: This program presents a brief history of genetic science, from Darwin's theory of evolution through the discovery of DNA and the invention of gene splicing. Darwin hypothesized a theory, but understood nothing of the mechanism of evolution. The program follows the history of scientific understanding of the nucleus, chromosomes, and the location of hereditary information; explains the work of...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: Could genetic research stigmatize people who carry a "bad" gene? Could their behavior actually be determined by that gene? If so, then just how free is free will? Moderated by Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree, this Fred Friendly Seminar scrutinizes social, ethical, and legal issues involving genetic research into undesirable traits such as addiction to alcohol by exploring the relationship...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Could the trauma of a terrorist attack change the genetic characteristics of one's descendants? This program examines the emerging science of epigenetics, which studies biological heredity unrelated to DNA sequencing. With commentary from leading scientists in the field-including geneticist Marcus Pembrey, among the first to observe that dietary stress can produce health problems two...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: A half-century ago, three teams with three different approaches raced to unravel the structure of DNA. This program blends extensive interviews and firsthand narration with extraordinary graphics to tell the compelling story of how the perhaps unlikely duo of Jim Watson and Francis Crick won that race. Many of the principal figures in the quest discuss their frustrations and insights, including...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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