Heredity

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In Heredity, discover how traits are passed down from parent to child generation after generation. Travel through the history of genetics-including the earliest ideas of heredity, Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, and a nineteenth-century monk's theories based on pea plants-to the future of genetic research. Learn how to decipher the "code of life," how cells divide, and how twins are formed. Determine which traits you have inherited and from whom you inherited them. Explore the Human Genome ...

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Overview

In Heredity, discover how traits are passed down from parent to child generation after generation. Travel through the history of genetics-including the earliest ideas of heredity, Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, and a nineteenth-century monk's theories based on pea plants-to the future of genetic research. Learn how to decipher the "code of life," how cells divide, and how twins are formed. Determine which traits you have inherited and from whom you inherited them. Explore the Human Genome Project, what causes genetic disorders, and cloning.

Science Foundations explores the many methods scientists use to understand our world and the universe beyond. The titles in this series cover many important topics central to the study of earth, physical, chemical, and biological sciences, while presenting these subjects in an easy-to-read, functional style. From the tiniest quantum particle to the expansion of the universe, the books in the Science Foundations series provide excellent supplements to an extensive science curriculum.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604130423
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Series: Science Foundations Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Heredity 7

2 Early Ideas about Heredity 16

3 Gregor Mendel: The Father of Modern Genetics 24

4 Chromosome Theory of Heredity 38

5 Passing Genes to the Next Generation 47

6 When Meiosis Goes Wrong 57

7 Inherited Conditions 71

8 Genetic Medicine 87

9 Genetic Technology 96

Glossary 107

Bibliography 110

Further Resources 115

Picture Credits 117

Index 118

About the Author 122

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