Human Genetics: The Basics

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Providing the balance between a science book that can appeal to the general public while still providing useful information to the science "professional" is always a challenge. Lewis (medical education, Alden March Bioethics Institute) has succeeded in producing a useful source for each audience.' - Choice May 2011

‘Ricki Lewis has done a remarkable job with this book’ - Charles W. Rodgers, The American Journal of Human Genetics

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Reviewer: Luis F. Escobar, MD, MS (St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: From evolution to human disease, Dr. Lewis presents a narrative of how genes influence human life in this wonderful book.
Purpose: The concise description of the basic concepts of human genetics helps readers gain an understanding of the more complex aspects of this field. Although the author does not indicate a particular audience, it is clear that with its simple language, the book is oriented to the general public as well as readers in disciplines related to human genetics, such as bioethics. This is a useful book for readers who do not practice medical genetics but want a general reference on the subject minus the complex technical language.
Audience: Many audiences can benefit from this fantastic work, from bioethicists looking to understand biological mechanisms that may influence decisions in care, to lawmakers and policymakers who desire to understand general concepts in human genetics. The book is appropriate for readers in the general public in search of the basic concepts of human genetics.
Features: In concise fashion, Dr. Lewis links the three basic areas of genetics, from evolution to the role of genes in human disorders to a general evaluation of the current technology for the treatment of genetic disorders in humans. She assesses the negatives and positives of different techniques, including gene therapy. The book is arranged in a logical sequence, with useful summaries at the end of each chapter and "what would you do" questions to provoke critical thinking. Of special interest to me is the section on genetics and genomic technologies.
Assessment: The approach Dr. Lewis takes in her book is unique. This is a well-done review that should be available to all who seek an explanation of the basic concepts of human genetics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415579841
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Basics Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ricki Lewis is Adjunct Professor of Medical Education at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, USA, and a genetic counselor with CareNet Medical Group. She is the author of several textbooks including Human Genetics, Hole’s Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Life.

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Table of Contents

1. From Ancestry to Destiny 2. From Mendel’s Peas to Double Helices 3. How Genes Work 4. Genes and Health 5. Genetic Testing 6. Genetic and Genomic Technologies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012


    Doing an indepent study in 7th grde on gemetics only me is doing it. Is this A good boook for this purpose.

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