Human Genetics: The Basics

Human Genetics: The Basics

by Ricki Lewis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415579864

ISBN-13: 9780415579865

Pub. Date: 11/19/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Human genetics has blossomed from an obscure branch of biological science and occasional explanation for exceedingly rare disorders to a field all of its own that affects everyone. Human Genetics: The Basics introduces the key questions and issues in this emerging field, including:


    • The common ancestry of all humanity
    • The

Overview

Human genetics has blossomed from an obscure branch of biological science and occasional explanation for exceedingly rare disorders to a field all of its own that affects everyone. Human Genetics: The Basics introduces the key questions and issues in this emerging field, including:


    • The common ancestry of all humanity
    • The role of genes in sickness and health
    • Debates over the use of genetic technology

Written in an engaging, narrative manner, this concise introduction is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to know more about genes, DNA, and the genetic ties that bind us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415579865
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/19/2010
Series:
Basics Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 0.77(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures & Tables

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations 

Chapter 1. From Mendel’s Peas to Double Helices

From Genes to Genomes

Agriculture is Applied Genetics

Mendel’s Experiments —The Mystery of the Missing Traits

The Chromosome Connection

In Pursuit of the Genetic Material

Chapter 2. How Genes Work

A Brief History of CF

Mikayla’s Story

The Individual Level: Tissues and Organs

The Family Level

The Population

Chapter 3. Genes and Health

A Genomic View of Health

Causes of Death – An Organizing Framework

Cancer: The Cell Cycle Out of Control

The Microbiome and Infectious Disease

Chapter 4. Genetic Testing

The First Generation of Genetic Tests: Proteins

The Second Generation of Genetic Tests: DNA

The Third Generation of Genetic Tests: Exomes and Genomes

Chapter 5. Gene Therapy and Genome Editing

Protein Therapy Came First

Gene Therapy

Gene and Genome Editing

Chapter 6. From Ancestry to Destiny

DNA as Clock and Compass

The First Hominins

DNA Evidence Overlaps Fossil Evidence

Expansion Out of Africa

From Archaic Humans to Modern Humans

Into Europe

Genetic Genealogy and Ancestry Testing

The Future: Will Humanity Homogenize or Diverge?

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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