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Human Variation Races, Types, and Ethnic Groups

ISBN-10: 0131927655
ISBN-13: 9780131927650
Edition: 6th 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Stephen Molnar
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Book details

List price: $132.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

This classic introduction to human variation has been updated to include the issues and controversies facing the contemporary study of diversity. Covers the adaptation of complex traits; how the race concept shapes our perspective of health and disease; the distribution of human differences; and human variability and behavior. For those studying anthropology, biology, evolution, or human variation or human diversity.

Preface
Biological Diversity and the Race Concept: An Introduction
Human Variation: Its Discovery and Classification
Anthropometry: The Measures of Human Variation
Eugenics
Racial Boundaries: Fact or Fiction?
Race, Geography, and Origins
Confusions and Contradictions of Human Classification
Human Biological Variability: A Perspective
The Biological Basis for Human Variation
Principles of Inheritance
Formal Human Genetics
Factors of Variation and Evolution
The Gene, DNA, and the "Code of Life"
Chromosomes at the Molecular Level
Gene Clusters and Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms (RFLPs)
Y-Chromosome DNA Polymorphisms
Mitochondrial DNA
Genes and Populations: A Summary
Traits of Simple Inheritance I: Blood Groups and Proteins
Blood Components and Inherited Traits
The Blood Groups
The Blood Groups: An Overview
White Blood Cell (WBC) Antigens
Polymorphisms of Serum Proteins
Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Other Polymorphisms of Anthropological Interest
Traits of Simple Inheritance: Some Conclusions
Traits of Simple Inheritance II: Hemoglobin Variants and DNA Markers
Hemoglobins: Normal and Abnormal
Distribution of Hemoglobin S
Malaria and Natural Selection
Other Abnormal Hemoglobins
The Enzyme G6PD (Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase)
Distribution of Red-Cell Variants in Sardinian Populations
Gene Frequency Changes and African Americans
DNA Markers of Human Variation
Genetic Markers at the DNA Level: Some Conclusions
Traits of Complex Inheritance and Their Adaptations: I
The Structure and Function of Skin
Skin Color, Geography, and Natural Selection
Skin Color and Evolution
Craniofacial Traits
Eye Color and Hair Color
Human Form and Its Variability
Body Size and Form: Perspectives of Heredity
Traits of Complex Inheritance and Their Adaptations: II
Characteristics of Growth and Development
Nutritional Influences
Adaptation to Cold or Hot Environments
High Altitude Environments: Stresses and Responses
Conclusions: Complex Traits and Their Adaptations
Human Variability, Behavior, and Racism
Race, Nations, and Racism
Intelligence Quotient: A Measure of Mental Ability?
Behavior and Inheritance or Inheritance of Behavior
Class and Caste
Genetics, Intelligence, and the Future
Distribution of Human Biodiversity
Some Factors Contributing to Gene Distribution
Races, Ethnic Groups, or Breeding Populations
Breeding Populations
Clinal Distribution of Traits
Breeding Populations versus Clines
Perspectives of Health and Human Diversity: Influences of the Race Concept
Epidemiological Transition: The Distribution and Type of Disease
The Developing World and Epidemiological Transitions
A New World, but Old Diseases
What Is a Race?
Genes, Races, Environments, and Diseases: Some Conclusions
Changing Dimensions of the Human Species
Population Size and Growth: Historical Perspectives
Factors of Population Change
Empowerment of Women
Fertility Differences and Population Composition
Demographic Balances
Regional Changes of World Populations
Races, Types, and Ethnic Groups: Where Are We?
References
Glossary
Index
Figures
A Classification of Apes and Humans
Representative Skull Shapes Viewed from Above
Polar-Projection Map of the world Showing the Limits of Nine Geographical Races Described by Garn (1961)
Models of Human Origins
Racial Classifications according to U.S. Census of 2000
Independent Segregation: Mendel's First Law
Independent Assortment: Mendel's Second Law
Stages of Cell Division
Crossover of X-Chromosome Fragments during Meiosis
Human Chromosomes in Mitosis
X- and Y-Chromosomes
Examples of X-Linked Inheritance
Dominant Inheritance: Examples of Abnormal Traits
Inheritance of ABO Blood Types
Recessive Inheritance: Examples of Abnormal Traits
Skin-Color Distributions of Blacks and Whites
Nucleotide Structure, the Basic Unit of the DNA Molecule
Schematic Diagram Depicting the Ladderlike Arrangement of DNA
Helical Shape of DNA Molecule and Semiconservative Replication
Amino Acid Sequences of Three Types of Beta Globin
Transcription of DNA and the Synthesis of Messenger RNA (mRNA)
Formation of Polypeptide Chains
DNA and Chromosome Structure
DNA Fragment Separation by the Southern Blotting Technique
Diagram of the Beta Globin Gene of Human Hemoglobin
Diagram of the Beta Globin Gene Cluster
Blood Components
Diagram of Antibodies-Antigen Reactions
Basic Chemical Structure for the ABO Blood Group
Synthesis of ABH Chemical Structure
ABO Blood Group Distribution

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