A Dictionary of Genetics / Edition 8

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Overview

Genetics, the most rapidly advancing of the life sciences, has stimulated more diverse disciplines in the natural and social sciences than any other field. The fact that it has encouraged scientists of varied backgrounds -- anthropologists, chemists, computer specialists, engineers, mathematicians, paleontologists, physicians, and physicists -- to contribute to its development is one reason for its prodigious growth. Such growth is accompanied by a proliferation in terminology, which creates a problem both to beginning students and scientists from other disciplines who read papers by geneticists. Various terms, especially in molecular and cell biology, are newly coined and thus not found in any collegiate or biology dictionaries; in some cases, the terms are unknown to students with little or no background in taxonomy.

This much-needed fifth edition of the Dictionary of Genetics has been organized to provide a quick understanding to students and non-geneticists. It includes over 6,500 definitions of terms and species names relevant to the study of genetics. Also featured are a chronology that spans 400 years of genetic study and an extensive bibliography. The entries are for both strictly genetic terms and also nongenetic terms that are often encountered in the literature. Thus the book is helpful not only to beginning geneticists, but to anyone involved in life sciences.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Leo Miller
This is the fifth edition of a popular dictionary of genetic terms, first published in 1968. The fourth edition was published in 1990. "The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive source that defines genetic terms as well as nongenetic terms often encountered in the genetics literature. Because genetics is one of the most rapidly expanding fields of the life sciences, this new edition is absolutely necessary. "This book is written for students and researchers in the numerous fields that have genetic components. In addition to all the life sciences, these fields include anthropology, chemistry, paleontology, and physics. "This book has 250 definitions that are illustrated by tables or drawings. The five appendixes are extremely helpful and include an extensive bibliography. "The purchase of this edition of the Dictionary of Genetics is highly recommended for all libraries. In addition to the 6000 definitions, the appendixes include a classification of organisms mentioned in the book, a chronological listing of important genetic discoveries and inventions, an index of the scientists who have made important discoveries, and lists of genetic research periodicals and multi-journal publishers. Most importantly, it has a description of numerous genetic databases. This book is a highly worthwhile contribution to the fields of genetics and molecular biology.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Leo Miller, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description:This is the fifth edition of a popular dictionary of genetic terms, first published in 1968. The fourth edition was published in 1990.
Purpose:The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive source that defines genetic terms as well as nongenetic terms often encountered in the genetics literature. Because genetics is one of the most rapidly expanding fields of the life sciences, this new edition is absolutely necessary.
Audience:This book is written for students and researchers in the numerous fields that have genetic components. In addition to all the life sciences, these fields include anthropology, chemistry, paleontology, and physics.
Features:This book has 250 definitions that are illustrated by tables or drawings. The five appendixes are extremely helpful and include an extensive bibliography.
Assessment:The purchase of this edition of the Dictionary of Genetics is highly recommended for all libraries. In addition to the 6000 definitions, the appendixes include a classification of organisms mentioned in the book, a chronological listing of important genetic discoveries and inventions, an index of the scientists who have made important discoveries, and lists of genetic research periodicals and multi-journal publishers. Most importantly, it has a description of numerous genetic databases. This book is a highly worthwhile contribution to the fields of genetics and molecular biology.
Library Journal
A source for identifying specialized terminology is essential to keeping up with any growing field of research. This dictionary admirably satisfies that need, drawing from genetics and other related disciplines. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
In addition to such words and acronyms as nucleomorph, OMIM, chromosome walking, floral identity, and zygotic lethal, included are nongenetic terms frequently encountered in genetics literature such as Hoogsteen base pairs, LINEs, and undersea vent community. A strong feature is inclusion of genera and species of plants and animals important to genetics, which are cross-listed to an appendix that shows them nestled in their taxonomic habitat. Other appendices provide the scientific names of common domesticated plants and animals, a chronology of discoveries (1590-2001), a list of genome sizes and gene numbers, and two appendices listing periodical and website sources. The 6,580 definitions do not contain pronunciation or derivation, but do carry an occasional, helpful diagram. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199766444
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. King is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology at Northwestern University. He has published 117 papers and review articles in the field of genetic control of insect oogenesis and has written several books.
William D. Stansfield is an Emeritus Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at California Polytechnic State University. He has published numerous books including The Science of Evolution, Theory and Problems in Genetics, and Death of a Rat: Understandings and Appreciations of Science.

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Table of Contents

Contents

A Dictionary of Genetics x Appendix A x Appendix B x Appendix C x Appendix D x Appendix E x Appendix F x Illustration Credits x

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