Genes and DNA A Beginner's Guide to Genetics and Its Applications
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Description: Covering newsworthy aspects of contemporary biology -- gene therapy, the Human Genome Project, DNA testing, and genetic engineering -- as well as fundamental concepts, this book, written specifically for nonbiologists, discusses classical and molecular genetics, quantitative and population genetics -- including cloning and genetic diseases -- and the many applications of genetics to the world around us, from genetically modified foods to genetic testing. With minimal technical terminology and jargon, Genes and DNA facilitates conceptual understanding. Eschewing the organization of traditional genetics texts, the authors have provided an organic progression of information: topics are introduced as needed, within a broader framework that makes them meaningful for nonbiologists. The book encourages the reader to think independently, always stressing scientific background and current facts.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/7/2004
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Charlotte K. Omoto is professor of cell biology and genetics in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University. Paul F. Lurquin is professor of genetics in the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University. He is the author of The Green Phoenix: A History of Genetically Modified Plants; High Tech Harvest: Understanding Genetically Modified Food Plants;and Origins of Life and the Universe.
|Preface: Why Is Genetics Important?|
|What Are Genes?|
|Try This at Home: Extract DNA from Vegetables in Your Kitchen|
|Inheritance of Single-Gene Traits|
|Mendelian Traits in Humans Try This at Home: Pedigree Game|
|From Genes to Phenotype Try This at Home: DNA Replication, Transcription, and Translation Game|
|Using Bacteria as Protein Factories|
|Genetically Modified Plants|
|When Things Go Wrong|
|Mutagens, Teratogens, and Human Reproduction|
|Linkage and Mapping: Gene Discovery|
|Try This at Home: Independent Assortment of Chromosomes and the Making of a Unique Individual|
|Try This at Home: Explore Genetics Databases|
|Genetics of Populations and Genetic Testing|
|Survival of the Fittest?|
|Try This at Home: Demonstrations of the Effects of Small Population Size|
|Nature Versus Nurture|
|Genetically Modified Animals and the Applications of Gene Technology for Humans|
|Glossary of Scientific Names of Organisms|
|Glossary of Human Genetic Diseases|
|Glossary of Terms|