School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-10-A readable explanation of the relationship between genetics and diseases with a generous dose of history thrown in. Brynie tells about Mendel, Crick and Watson, and Wexler, showing how their discoveries built on existing knowledge. She describes inherited diseases, some of which are more prevalent than others (cystic fibrosis, Marfan's syndrome, sickle-cell anemia, Huntington's disease), personalizing the discussion with individual cases and mentioning famous victims when appropriate. This title updates in a lively fashion other similar, drier, books such as Caroline Arnold's Genetics (Watts, 1986; o.p.) and Edward Edelson's Genetics and Heredity (Chelsea, 1991). Numerous charts, diagrams, and black-and-white photos appear throughout. The books and periodicals listed in the bibliography are recent publications.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Merri MonksThis brief introduction to the relationships between genetics and health provides a beginners' overview of a complex set of scientific disciplines. Topics covered include a historical perspective of genetics study, including Gregor Mendel's work, how human genetics came to be understood, and how researchers track the presence of genetic illnesses through groups of people. Cystic fibrosis, Marfan's syndrome, and sickle-cell anemia, among others, are cited and their genetic bases explained. Although it presumes some knowledge of cell biology, the book will have value as a source of adjunct information for health and biology curricular units. Endnotes; glossary (terms are italized in the text); bibliography of books, magazine articles, and free pamphlets.
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