Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Learned some interesting things going on in the scientific world today -- goats with spider silk genes (silk extracted from milk, not spun), sending spiders and other insects into space to see how they function, etc. Lots of explanations for the younger audience (middle school and up) about DNA and similar concepts and processes. " said.

" This was a very interesting book that I THOUGHT was mostly about spiders, but was really about DNA and altering DNA in animals. The book describes a group of scientists that are trying to use spider DNA to create a variety of outcomes, including stronger goats, better fibers, and more. It was also very fast paced and broken into small pieces so you could easily use it as a read aloud. " said.

" An interesting addition to the superb Scientists in the Field series. Includes detailed information about spiders, and explores scientists' work to replicate spider silk DNA for use in products like Kevlar and sutures. Describes the processes that create transgenic animals and plants, and explains the controversy surrounding such creations. " said.

" Interesting facts on how spider silk plays a part in many areas of life we don't normally consider. The section on transgenic goats and milk that can (eventually) be spun into spider silk is especially surprising. From cover to cover, a very thorough look into the world of the many uses of spider silk. Excellent photographs that students are sure to enjoy. " said.

" This was an OK book about how scientists are trying to grow spider silk from various sources in an attempt to advance various medical practices and other avenues of science. It had a lot of pictures, but they weren't super engaging, and the narrative was dry. I was expecting some really cool stuff, but it was pretty iffy in terms of the level of excitement. Oh well... Can't win 'em all. " said.

" An interesting and informative text that helps one to debate the pros and cons of genetically-engineered materials. Even though the tone of the book is very pro-science, I found that I was still able to make up my own mind in regards to these topics and studies. Fascinating information coupled with extensive photographs makes this a must read for any science enthusiast! " said.

" This was a fantastic book! I have been reading nonfiction texts for inclusion in school libraries, and Stronger Than Steel has everything that I was looking for: researched information, student-friendly but also discipline-specific vocabulary and writing style, engaging subject matter, a glossary and index, and excellent pictures. This was a treat, and a book that I would heartily select for inclusion! Excellent for complex text standards as outlined by the CCSS. " said.

" Reviewed for Shelf Awareness.Another terrific addition to the Scientists in the Field series. It's incredible the work being done in genetics these days, and this is an entertaining and informative look for middle school readers.On a side note, the adorable goat photos made up for the horror of the spider photos. (I know it's a cliche, but I really hate spiders. Did the photos really have to be quite so large and bright and colorful??) " said.

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