Genetics 101

Genetics 101

Book - 2007
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Provides an accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific fields of the 21st century: genetics
What should the average person know about science? Because science is so central to life in the 21st century, science educators and other leaders of the scientific community believe that it is essential that everyone understand the basic concepts of the most vital and far-reaching disciplines. Genetics 101 does exactly that. This accessible volume provides readers - whether students new to the field or just interested members of the lay public - with the essential ideas of genetics using a minimum of jargon and mathematics. Concepts are introduced in a progressive order so that more complicated ideas build on simpler ones, and each is discussed in small, bite-sized segments so that they can be more easily understood.

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In this volume meant for students and general readers, Windelsprecht (biology, Appalachian State U.) discusses genetics, explaining how scientists determined that traits are coded by the gene. It is meant as a reference source for general information on genetics for those who are not scientists and is therefore, not comprehensive. He begins with a history of genetics before the nineteenth century, details how scientists determined that DNA contains genes, and describes genetic structure. How the gene is studied, molecular genetics, and cloning are discussed in subsequent chapters, followed by mutation and chromosomal abnormalities and recent developments such as gene manipulation and therapy, RNA interference, DNA typing, and work with stem cells. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A general guide to genetics provides a history of the science and discusses how DNA works in heredity, how genes work at a molecular level, how genes can be manipulated, and the various applications of genetics.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2007
ISBN: 0313333815 (alk. paper)
9780313333811 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 576.5 WIN
Characteristics: xvi, 195 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Genetics one hundred one

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