Dear Science Readers,
The previous Science Shelf update included a pointer to a review of Cell of Cells by science journalist Cynthia Fox, a book that puts the science and politics of stem cell research in perspective and provides a detailed look at research and clinical applications.
An equally hot science/political topic is global climate change.
We have added pages for two important upcoming books on the topic:
A Contract with the Earth by former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and conservationist Terry L. Maple;
Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming by journalist Chris Mooney.
On a less controversial subject, you might also enjoy discovering my review of the entertaining new book Riddled With Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites that Make Us Who We Are by Marlene Zuk.
We are what we eat–or are we?