The Human Genome: A User's Guide / Edition 1

The Human Genome: A User's Guide / Edition 1

by R. Scott Hawley, Catherine A. Mori
     
 

ISBN-10: 0123334608

ISBN-13: 9780123334602

Pub. Date: 09/01/1998

Publisher: Elsevier Science

The Human Genome: A User's Guide conveys both the essence and the excitement of modern human genetics. Incorporating all of researchers' latest discoveries, the authors ground their work in the discussion of a major function of the human gene: that of sex determination and development. This focus opens the discussion to the interactions between science and…  See more details below

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The Human Genome: A User's Guide conveys both the essence and the excitement of modern human genetics. Incorporating all of researchers' latest discoveries, the authors ground their work in the discussion of a major function of the human gene: that of sex determination and development. This focus opens the discussion to the interactions between science and society. Hawley and Mori take care to examine the process of genetic analysis and to explore relevant topics such as the genetics of cancer, behavior and personality, AIDS, mental illness, cloning, and gene therapy. The reader gains sophisticated insight into human heredity beyond the misconceptions of folklore.
R. Scott Hawley is a Professor of Genetics at the University of California at Davis. Before moving to UC Davis in 1991, he was on the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for nine years. His research interests include the etiology of birth defects and the genetics of cancer. He has published more than 50 articles in scientific journals. He has taught human genetics to undergraduates (both non-biology majors and biology majors), graduate students, and medical students.
Catherine Mori is an accomplished health education writer. Her previous writing has concentrated on drug- and alcohol-related risks to health and on the treatment and prevention of drug and alcohol addiction. Her interest in human genetics began when she attended Dr. Hawley's Human Genetics course for non-majors at UC Davis. She has worked extensively as a management consultant in the private sector and is currently working on her Master's degree in Business Administration at the University of California at Davis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123334602
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
415
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Sect. IThe Basics of Heredity
1The Answer in a Nut Shell: Genes, Proteins, and the Meaning of Life
2Mendel and the Concept of the Gene
3How Genes Work: The Story of How Genes Encode Proteins, or "The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology"
4How Genes Move: Chromosomes and the Physical Basis of the Laws of Mendel
5Absent Essentials and Monkey Wrenches: How Mutations Produce a Phenotype
Sect. IIHow Genes Determine Our Sex
6Sex and Chromosomes, Sex and Hormones, Sex and...
7Sex Causes Problems: The Inactivation of the Second X Chromosome
8Gender, Identification and Sexual Orientation
Sect. IIIWhen Meiosis of Mendelian Inheritance Fails
9Failed Chromosome Segregation and the Etiology of Down Syndrome
10Extreme Mutation: Triplet Repeat Syndromes
11Imprinting or Epigenetic Changes in Genes and Chromosomes
Sect. IVHuman Genes
12Introduction to Gene Cloning
13DNA Polymorphisms as Genetic Markers in Humans (and the Miracle of PCR)
14Human Gene Mapping: A General Approach
15Cystic Fibrosis
16Mammoth Genes: Muscular Dystrophy and Neurofibromatosis
17Genes and Cancer
Sect. VInteractions of Genes and the Environment
18Multifactorial Inheritance: Toward Finding the Genes for Manic Depression and Schizophrenia
19The Monoamine Oxidase A Gene and a Genetic Basis for Criminality?
20Genetics of the Human AIDS Virus
Sect. VIPrenatal Diagnosis
21Methods of Prenatal Diagnosis
22Potential for Gene Therapy
Epilogue: Fears, Faith, and Fantasies
App. Suggested Additional Readings
Glossary
Index

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