THE HUMAN GENOME: A User's Guide (Google eBook)

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Academic Press, Dec 12, 2010 - Science - 420 pages
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Significant advances in our knowledge of genetics were made during the twentieth century but in the most recent decades, genetic research has dramatically increased its impact throughout society. Genetic issues are now playing a large role in health and public policy, and new knowledge in this field will continue to have significant implications for individuals and society. Written for the non-majors human genetics course, Human Genetics, 3E will increase the genetics knowledge of students who are learning about human genetics for the first time. This thorough revision of the best-selling Human Genome,2E includes entirely new chapters on forensics, stem cell biology, bioinformatics, and societal/ethical issues associated with the field. New special features boxes make connections between human genetics and human health and disease. Carefully crafted pedagogy includes chapter-opening case studies that set the stage for each chapter; concept statements interspersed throughout the chapter that keep first-time students focused on key concepts; and end-of-chapter questions and critical thinking activities. This new edition will contribute to creating a genetically literate student population that understands basic biological research, understands elements of the personal and health implications of genetics, and participates effectively in public policy issues involving genetic information .

  • Includes topical material on forensics, disease studies, and the human genome project to engage non-specialist students

  • Full, 4-color illustration program enhances and reinforces key concepts and themes

  • Uniform organization of chapters includes interest boxes that focus on human health and disease, chapter-opening case studies, and concept statements to engage non-specialist readers
  

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Contents

HOW GENES FUNCTION
81
HOW CHROMOSOMES MOVE
197
HOW GENES CONTRIBUTE TO COMPLEX TRAITS
271
HOW GENES ARE FOUND
367
HOW GENES PLAY A ROLE IN TESTING AND TREATMENT
453
Answers to Study Questions
527
Glossary
553
Index
575
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About the author (2010)

R. Scott Hawley is a Senior Scientist at the Stowers Institute of Medical Research. Before joining the Stowers Institute in 2001, he was a Professor of Genetics at the University of California at Davis for 10 years. An accomplished textbook author, he has also published over 50 papers and articles in scientific journals. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America and is currently on the Editorial Board of "Genetics."

Michelle Walker is an Intellectual Property Specialist for Galileo Laboratories in Santa Clara, California. She earned an MS in Genetics from the University of California at Davis, has written several scientific articles, served as an Editor for the entomological journal "Sociobiology," and spent numerous hours volunteering her time in the field of bioethics and as a scientific mentor for inner-city children.

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