Genetics Demystified / Edition 1

Genetics Demystified / Edition 1

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by Edward Willett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0071459308

ISBN-13: 9780071459303

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

There’s no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

Genetics Demystified offers an up-to-date, highly readable explanation of the basic principles of genetics, covering key topics such as human genetics, DNA, heredity, mutations, traits, chromosomes, and much more. This self-teaching guide comes complete with key

Overview

There’s no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

Genetics Demystified offers an up-to-date, highly readable explanation of the basic principles of genetics, covering key topics such as human genetics, DNA, heredity, mutations, traits, chromosomes, and much more. This self-teaching guide comes complete with key points, background information, quizzes at the end of each chapter, and even a final exam. Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for advanced students, this is a lively and entertaining brush-up, introductory text, or classroom supplement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071459303
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Demystified Series
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
611,541
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

Chapter 1: Mendelism and Classical Genetics

Chapter 2: The Cell -- The Basic Unit of Life

Chapter 3: DNA -- The Chemical Basis of Heredity

Chapter 4: Chromosomes -- Organized DNA

Chapter 5: Traits -- How Genes Are Expressed

Chapter 6: Genomes -- Reading the Genetic Code

Chapter 7: Mutations -- Misreading the Code

Chapter 8: Cancer -- Genetics Gone Awry

Chapter 9: Bacteria -- A Different Way of Doing Things

Chapter 10: Organelles -- Genetics Outside the Nucleus

Chapter 11: Viruses -- Hijacking Heredity

Chapter 12: Genetic Engineering -- Sculpting the Code

Chapter 13: Evolution -- Change Driven by Genetics

Chapter 14: Humans -- How Genetics Affect Us
FINAL EXAM
ANSWERS TO QUIZ AND FINAL EXAM QUESTIONS
SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL REFERENCES
GLOSSARY
INDEX

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Genetics Demystified 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kkleiber More than 1 year ago
Like a lot of the Demystifying series, I'm really disappointed in this one. The text is fewer than 180 pages (this doesn't include index, Final Exam, and so forth) which tells me that its failings are not due to simply not having enough space.

What are these failings (IMO)?

1. The text simply has too many places where he glosses over a topic without really reviewing it word for word to see if it really does explain. In other words, he could have backed up, so to speak, and gone a little slower.

2. He will suddenly throw in names of bacteria or viruses or chemicals without any preparation of them. (No, I'm probably not explaining this very well myself, but it's like he wants to be sure he mentions X without really demystifying it.)

3. He has some potentially great illustrations that had they been labeled a little better, they would have considerably helped the text. (And, to be fair, he did have several that did help the text.) And, in some instances, he failed to provide an illustration where it would have been really helpful.

4. This one is more a suggestion than a failure, but it would have been nice had he provided pronunciation help for a lot of the biological and chemical names. This, obviously, isn't a big deal on one level, but I admit that I personally need help with it and it would have been a nice feature.

Having said all this, should you buy it or not? Here I go being wishy-washy, but I guess I am glad I've read it. It really does have some value if you're trying to make senese of the subject without resorting to textbooks that, while excellent, are costly and take forever to read.

So, if you can sit down with it in some Barnes and Noble and read a chapter or two, maybe you'll feel it worth the price and time, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago