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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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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: 9780764595547
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/29/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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 1

Part I: The Lowdown on Genetics: Just the Basics 7

Chapter 1: What Genetics Is and Why You Need to Know Some 9

Chapter 2: Basic Cell Biology 19

Chapter 3: Visualize Peas: Discovering the Laws of Inheritance 37

Chapter 4: Law Enforcement: Mendel’s Laws Applied to Complex Traits 51

Chapter 5: Differences Matter: The Genetics of Sex67

Part II: DNA: The Genetic Material 81

Chapter 6: DNA: The Basis of Life 83

Chapter 7: Replication: Copying Your DNA 99

Chapter 8: Sequencing Your DNA 117

Chapter 9: RNA: DNA’s Close Cousin 129

Chapter 10: Translating the Genetic Code 143

Chapter 11: Gene Expression: What a Cute Pair of Genes 157

Part III: Genetics and Your Health 171

Chapter 12: Genetic Counseling 173

Chapter 13: Mutation and Inherited Diseases: Things You Can’t Change 187

Chapter 14: Taking a Closer Look at the Genetics of Cancer 203

Chapter 15: Chromosome Disorders: It’s All a Numbers Game 221

Chapter 16: Treating Genetic Disorders with Gene Therapy 237

Part IV: Genetics and Your World 249

Chapter 17: Tracing Human History and the Future of the Planet 251

Chapter 18: Solving Mysteries Using DNA 265

Chapter 19: Genetic Makeovers: Fitting New Genes into Plants and Animals 283

Chapter 20: Cloning: You’re One of a Kind 299

Chapter 21: Giving Ethical Considerations Their Due313

Part V: The Part of Tens 323

Chapter 22: Ten Defi ning Events in Genetics 325

Chapter 23: Ten Hot Issues in Genetics 333

Chapter 24: Ten Hard-to-Believe Genetics Stories 341

Glossary 347

Index 351

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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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