The Encyclopedia Of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects

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Medical knowledge of genetics has witnessed advances affecting the detection, potential treatment, and cure for literally hundreds of genetic and congenital anomalies. The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects, Second Edition offers students and researchers practical access to what is perhaps the most exciting and dynamic field in modern science.

Written in clear, nontechnical language, this volume covers the spectrum of ...
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Overview

Medical knowledge of genetics has witnessed advances affecting the detection, potential treatment, and cure for literally hundreds of genetic and congenital anomalies. The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects, Second Edition offers students and researchers practical access to what is perhaps the most exciting and dynamic field in modern science.

Written in clear, nontechnical language, this volume covers the spectrum of clinical and research information on hereditary conditions and birth defects. The text includes a general essay on the basics of genetic science and its medical applications. More than 600 entries are extensively crossreferenced and explore genetic anomalies, diagnostic procedures, causes of mutations, and high risk groups.

The second edition features:
•50 new entries, including genetic terminology, such as screening and diagnostic techniques, and conditions/disorders with a genetic component, such as anxiety, aggression, and smoking

•Thoroughly revised entries that reflect tremendous breakthroughs on major genetic disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, spina bifida, ovarian, breast and other cancers, and Alzheimer's disease

•Genetics news, including results of gene therapy trials for treating AIDS and hemophilia, DNA fingerprintingtype techniques, and controversial trends, such as designer babies and retirement pregnancies

•Web sites of support groups and organizations as well as sites with links to information on genetic disorders and related subjects.

"Includes historical data, information on prognosis & mode of inheritance, prenatal diagnosis & carrier screening, biochemical & molecular bases...covers everything from the most basic genetic concepts to the latest techniques."

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School Library Journal
YA-- A readable book with a wealth of information for students of biology and psychology. It has well-written and clearly cited source entries, and gives excellent background on genetic problems. Also included are descriptions of centers for genetic study and listings of available resources for those interested in locating services for people with birth defects. Charts and graphs enable readers to compare statistical information.
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From "Aarskog syndrome" to "XYY syndrome," this update of the 1991 edition contains some 1,000 revised and 50 new layperson- accessible entries on genetic terminology and genetically-influenced conditions affecting 15 millions Americans<-->including anxiety, aggression, and smoking. Includes information on historical identification, prevalence, prognosis, mode of inheritance, biochemical and molecular bases, and availability of carrier screening and prenatal diagnosis. Appends statistics on congenital malformations and birth defects, regional genetics services, and Web resources. Wynbrandt is a New York writer on eclectic subjects, and pediatrician and clinical geneticist Ludman is on the faculty of medicine of Dalhousie U. in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Not illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Internet Bookwatch
This appears in its second edition, offering 50 new entries including the latest facts on genetic terminology, revised entries which reflect the latest research, and extensive bibliographies which provide all needed for further, in-depth research. This is an excellent all-in-one reference which provides the latest health information.
The Bookwatch
This is an excellent all-in-one reference which provides the latest health information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816038091
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Facts on File Library of Health and Living
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 474
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    Interesting medical info

    Amazing book, it clarified a lot.

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