Genetics Demystified

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Mcgraw-hill, Sep 27, 2005 - Medical - 210 pages

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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User Review  - weserg - LibraryThing

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

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Ouch! For me, Mr. Willetts has turned the mystified into the indecipherable. All the material seems to be there, but I think it could be explained in a more understandable way. Could be just me -- I haven't taken biology in a number of years and am fairly new to genetics, although I have an engineering BS and work with [semiconductor/computer] technology quite a bit. Maybe not simple enough for this "beginner." He does include history and nomenclature, but tech description is sometimes dense and shy. Up front in describing the cell cycle, for example, "At the end of this process, chromosomes have the short thick appearance of chromatids we're used to seeing in microphotographs, and consist of a pair of chromatids connected at their centromeres by a pair of centrioles, made up of microtubules." Um. A diagram of the cell does not depict most of these elements. The cover drawing and the title are well selected. I will get another book or video.... 

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About the author (2005)

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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