The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decoding Your Genes

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decoding Your Genes

by Linda Tagliaferro, Mark Vincent Bloom

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780028635866
Publisher: Alpha Books
Publication date: 08/13/1999
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Welcome to the Age of Genetics 1(52)
Join the Genetic Revolution
3(12)
You're in the middle of the genetic revolution. Here's how and why it's important to you.
Mendel: The Father of Genetics
15(12)
Gregor Mendel, a nineteenth-century monk, started the scientific study of heredity by puttering around in his monastery's garden.
Mendel's Successors
27(12)
After Mendel started the ball rolling, lots of scientists advanced our understanding of heredity.
Me, My Cell, and I
39(14)
Learn about the mini-machinery inside your body.
Part 2: The ABCs of DNA 53(46)
Nature's Blueprint
55(12)
Watson and Crick discovered the secrets of DNA, and the Age of Genetics began.
Assembling Your Genes
67(12)
Learn how DNA makes more of itself.
S, M, L, and XL Genes
79(10)
Genes come in assorted sizes and styles.
Producing Proteins
89(10)
Your cells have tiny factories that produce proteins for all your bodily needs.
Part 3: Faulty Blueprints: Mutations and Genetic Diseases 99(48)
Irregular Genes
101(12)
Sometimes a gene gets copied the wrong way, and the result is a gene with an irregular "style"---a mutation.
The X in Sex
113(12)
Gender is more complicated than it seems.
Gene Gangs
125(10)
Sometimes delinquent genes get together and gang up on people.
Mutations and Evolution
135(12)
Not all misprints in genes are bad for the human race.
Part 4: Manipulative Scientists: Genetic Engineering and Cloning 147(48)
Cut-Down Genes
149(12)
Scientists learned to splice together genes of different organisms.
Seedy Science: Engineering Plants
161(12)
Learn how scientists can put genes from animals and other organisms into plants.
Down on the Pharm: Engineering Animals
173(10)
Scientists can design new animals with genes from humans, plants, and other animals.
Send in the Clones
183(12)
Learn all about clones: nature's photocopies.
Part 5: DNA Detectives 195(54)
Stories Genes Can Tell
197(14)
DNA testing can clear up mysteries of identity in the present and the past.
DNA's Day in Court
211(14)
DNA can help solve crimes, even when there are no witnesses at the crime scene.
DNA Disease Diagnosis
225(12)
DNA testing can help find faulty genes that may cause diseases.
Did Your DNA Make You Do It?
237(12)
Is your destiny in your DNA?
Part 6: Mending Your Genes: Gene Therapy and New Medicines 249(44)
The Human Genome Project
251(12)
A vast project aims to make a map of all of our genes.
What Is Gene Therapy?
263(10)
Learn how scientists are trying to fix faulty genes in people's bodies.
Molecular Medicine
273(10)
Researchers are cutting and splicing genes to make new medicines.
Sex Techs: Reproductive Technologies
283(10)
Researchers are trying to help childless couples through new techniques that use scientific knowledge of DNA.
Part 7: Playing God? Ethical Issues 293(78)
Patents on Life
295(12)
Learn about the debate over whether it should be possible to take out patents on living things.
Food for Thought: Are Biofoods Safe?
307(12)
Learn why some people worry about genetically engineered foods.
Creature Concerns
319(12)
Consider the pros and cons of genetically engineering animals.
People Problems
331(14)
Will the Age of Genetics create privacy and discrimination problems for people?
Should We Clone Around?
345(26)
If humans are cloned in the future, will it create a multitude of problems?
Appendices
A Resources
357(2)
B Genetic Jargon
359(10)
C Selected Bibliography
369(2)
Index 371

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