Human Heredity: Principles and Issues / Edition 9

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Overview

Offering in-depth yet accessible coverage, Cummings's HUMAN HEREDITY PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES, Eighth Edition, draws from the most current research in genetics as it presents the latest challenges facing physicians, researchers, and society. Designed for the introductory genetics or heredity course, this concise, well-written, and well-illustrated text combines thorough coverage with a superior supplement and media package that offers a wealth of study tools—including the customized learning paths of CengageNOW™. The new eighth edition includes streamlined art, chapter sidebars that address everyday issues, and numerous cases that help you analyze tough decisions. Written by a widely respected genetics authority, HUMAN HEREDITY PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES is known for its student-friendly presentation that introduces complex topics and important concepts with precise logic, without oversimplifying. Demonstrating the process of science while focusing on basic genetics concepts, the text gives you a working knowledge of heredity without the rigorous scientific/quantitative details. It discusses the various genetic services that are now developing—highlighting the social relevance and real-world applications to your other courses and personal life. Emphasizing relevant issues, the text equips you with the insight to make informed decisions about your personal health and public policy, as well as teaches you how to recognize genetic disorders, their causes, and their patterns of inheritance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780538498821
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 919,942
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael R. Cummings is the author or co-author of a number of widely used college textbooks, including HUMAN HEREDITY: PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES, HUMAN GENETICS AND SOCIETY, BIOLOGY: SCIENCE AND LIFE, CONCEPTS OF GENETICS, GENETICS: A MOLECULAR PERSPECTIVE, and ESSENTIALS OF GENETICS. He also has written sections on genetics for the MCGRAW-HILL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY and has published a newsletter on advances in human genetics for instructors and students. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. His doctoral work, conducted in the laboratory of Dr. R.C. King, centered on ovarian development in Drosophila melanogaster. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught for more than 25 years, his research interests involved the role of the short arm/centromere region of human chromosome 21 aberrations. He now teaches at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Cummings' interest in scientific literacy prompted him to organize a course in human genetics for nonmajors. He still teaches this course at present, in addition to genetics for biology majors and general biology.

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Table of Contents

1. A Perspective on Human Genetics. 2. Cells and Cell Division. 3. Transmission of Genes from Generation to Generation. 4. Pedigree Analysis in Human Genetics. 5. Interaction of Genes and the Environment. 6. Cytogenetics: Karyotypes and Chromosome Aberrations. 7. Development and Sex Determination. 8. DNA Structure and Chromosomal Organization. 9. Gene Expression: From Genes to Proteins. 10. From Proteins to Phenotypes. 11. Mutation: The Source of Genetic Variation. 12. Genes and Cancer. 13. An Introduction to Cloning and Recombinant DNA. 14. Biotechnology and Society. 15. The Human Genome Project and Genomics. 16. Reproductive Technology, Gene Therapy, and Genetic Counseling. 17. Genes and the Immune System. 18. Genes of Behavior. 19. Population Genetics and Human Evolution.

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