Gr 10 Up-The purpose of this encyclopedia is twofold. First, it provides a basis for understanding the fundamental principles of the science, and second, it highlights current advances and applications of genetic research in the fields of human medical genetics and agriculture. The 172 entries written by academics and researchers range from lengthy essays to short articles. Each is introduced with a notation stating the field of study (e.g., molecular genetics), a brief statement on the important points covered in the article, and key terms with definitions. Some of the major areas examined are bacterial genetics, population genetics, genetic engineering and biotechnology, classical transmission, and immunogenetics. See-also references and an annotated bibliography are provided for each article. Appendixes include an extensive time line of major developments in the field, a 17-page glossary, and a biographical dictionary. Occasional black-and-white photographs and line drawings accompany the text. This well-written set will be most useful for students with some background in biology, but general readers will appreciate the discussions on the broader social issues raised by modern genetics research.-P. A. Dolan, Illinois State University, Normal Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Provides the general reader with a thorough yet accessible overview of one of modern science's most vital and intriguing fields. The two- volume set contains 172 entries that survey the discipline from a variety of perspectives, offering historical and technical background along with discussion of recent accomplishments and the broader social issues and implications raised by modern genetics research. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title and range from 1,000 to 3,500 words, providing in-depth treatment of important topics as well as major subtopics and background information. Volume II contains a time line of major developments as well as a biographical dictionary of important geneticists, glossary, bibliography, category list, and the index. Contains about 200 b&w photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.