Genetics Demystified

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McGraw Hill Professional, Oct 18, 2005 - Medical - 210 pages
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There’s no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

Genetics Demystified offers an up-to-date, highly readable explanation of the basic principles of genetics, covering key topics such as human genetics, DNA, heredity, mutations, traits, chromosomes, and much more. This self-teaching guide comes complete with key points, background information, quizzes at the end of each chapter, and even a final exam. Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for advanced students, this is a lively and entertaining brush-up, introductory text, or classroom supplement.

 

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I really liked this book. I knew zero about Genetics before I read it. I was wondering the following things when I started reading it: - What is a chromosome? - How is DNA encoded? (more from a signal ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Mendelism and Classical Genetics
1
Chapter 2 The CellThe Basic Unit of Life
11
Chapter 3 DNAThe Chemical Basis of Heredity
23
Chapter 4 ChromosomesOrganized DNA
33
Chapter 5 TraitsHow Genes Are Expressed
43
Chapter 6 GenomesReading the Genetic Code
53
Chapter 7 MutationsMisreading the Code
67
Chapter 8 CancerGenetics Gone Awry
77
Chapter 11 VirusesHijacking Heredity
113
Chapter 12 Genetic EngineeringSculpting the Code
125
Chapter 13 EvolutionChange Driven By Genetics
147
Chapter 14 HumansHow Genetics Affects Us
163
Final Exam
175
Answers to Quiz and Final Exam Questions
189
Suggested Additional References
193
Glossary
195

Chapter 9 BacteriaA Different Way of Doing Things
89
Chapter 10 OrganellesGenetics Outside the Nucleus
103
Index
201
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Edward Willet is a science columnist for radio and newspapers and a former news editor. The author of more than 30 books, including nonfiction on topics as diverse as computing, disease, history, and quantum physics, as well as several science fiction and fantasy novels, he is the recipient of awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Children's Book Council, and VOYA magazine, among others.

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