Genetics For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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A plain-English guide to genetics

Want to know more about genetics? This non-intimidating guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals and the most recent discoveries. Now with 25% new and revised material, Genetics For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you clear and accessible coverage of this rapidly advancing field.

From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double-helix, you get clear explanations in easy-to-understand terms. ...

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Genetics For Dummies

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Overview

A plain-English guide to genetics

Want to know more about genetics? This non-intimidating guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals and the most recent discoveries. Now with 25% new and revised material, Genetics For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you clear and accessible coverage of this rapidly advancing field.

From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double-helix, you get clear explanations in easy-to-understand terms. Plus, you'll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes . . . and even clone cats.

  • Covers topics in a straightforward and effective manner
  • Includes coverage of stem cell research, molecular genetics, behavioral genetics, genetic engineering, and more
  • Explores ethical issues as they pertain to the study of genetics

Whether you?re currently enrolled in a genetics course or are just looking for a refresher, Genetics For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides science lovers of all skill levels with easy-to-follow information on this fascinating subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470634486
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 216,021
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Tara Rodden Robinson, PhD, is an Instructor of Genetics, Extended Campus, at Oregon State University. Previously, she worked as an instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The Lowdown on Genetics: Just the Basics.

Chapter 1: What Genetics Is and Why You Need to Know Some.

Chapter 2: Basic Cell Biology.

Chapter 3: Visualize Peas: Discovering the Laws of Inheritance.

Chapter 4: Law Enforcement: Mendel’s Laws Applied to Complex Traits.

Chapter 5: Differences Matter: The Genetics of Sex.

Part II: DNA: The Genetic Material.

Chapter 6: DNA: The Basis of Life.

Chapter 7: Replication: Copying Your DNA.

Chapter 8: Sequencing Your DNA.

Chapter 9: RNA: DNA’s Close Cousin.

Chapter 10: Translating the Genetic Code.

Chapter 11: Gene Expression: What a Cute Pair of Genes.

Part III: Genetics and Your Health.

Chapter 12: Genetic Counseling.

Chapter 13: Mutation and Inherited Diseases: Things You Can't Change.

Chapter 14: Taking a Closer Look at the Genetics of Cancer.

Chapter 15: Chromosome Disorders: It’s All a Numbers Game.

Chapter 16: Treating Genetic Disorders with Gene Therapy.

Part IV: Genetics and Your World.

Chapter 17: Tracing Human History and the Future of the Planet.

Chapter 18: Solving Mysteries Using DNA.

Chapter 19: Genetic Makeovers: Fitting New Genes into Plants and Animals.

Chapter 20: Cloning: You’re One of a Kind.

Chapter 21: Giving Ethical Considerations Their Due.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Defi ning Events in Genetics.

Chapter 23: Ten Hot Issues in Genetics.

Chapter 24: Ten Hard-to-Believe Genetics Stories.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    Missing some key stuff

    I got his book to better understand genetics (after I had already taken the class). I wanted to understand some of the concepts I did not get the first time around. It is missing gene mapping (huge for me). ALso involving the cekk cycle it doesn't say the stages of prophase but it has something stupid interkinesis (What? it is a stage where literally nothing happens!) why would you put that in there?

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