DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World
Columbia University Press, 2011 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 257 pages
With humor, depth, and philosophical and historical insight, DNA reaches out to a wide range of readers with its graphic portrayal of a complicated science. Suitable for use in and out of the classroom, this volume covers DNA's many marvels, from its original discovery in 1869 to early-twentieth-century debates on the mechanisms of inheritance and the deeper nature of life's evolution and variety.
Even readers who lack a background in science and philosophy will learn a tremendous amount from this engaging narrative. The book elucidates DNA's relationship to health and the cause and cure of disease. It also covers the creation of new life forms, nanomachines, and perspectives on crime detection, and considers the philosophical sources of classical Darwinian theory and recent, radical changes in the understanding of evolution itself. Already these developments have profoundly affected our notions about living things. Borin Van Loon's humorous illustrations recount the contributions of Gregor Mendel, Frederick Griffith, James Watson, and Francis Crick, among other biologists, scientists, and researchers, and vividly depict the modern controversies surrounding the Human Genome Project and cloning.
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I took a genetics course in college. Needless to say, I didn't do so well. This book Sums up everything from that class, with easy to understand pictures. Some concepts that I was really didn't ... Read full review
A Brief History of Genetics
What Is DNA?
The New Biology
the Notion of Messenger RNA Come From?
The Diversity of Gene Expression
From the Nucleus of an Intestinal Cell to a Whole Frog
The Impact of DNA
A Brief Reminder of Relative Size
Restriction Enzymes and Genetic Engineering
Cloning and Sequencing Genes
Exons Introns and Splicing
Chromatin and Histones
Evolving Evolution Sources of Darwinian Theory
Epilogue to the First Edition
High Throughput Sequencing 165