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DNA Science: A First Course, Second Edition Hardcover – January 8, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0879696368 ISBN-10: 0879696362 Edition: 2nd
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"Named after a term invented by the legendary James Watson and written like a storybook, DNA Science: A First Course is one stop shopping for an excellent molecular biology guide and lab manual for beginners. It is concocted uniquely as one part test that introduces the reader to the scientific concepts and one part well designed and tested laboratories in a friendly format." --Science Books & Films
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 2nd edition (January 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879696362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879696368
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DNA=creation_of_life on July 25, 2010
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This book goes into wonderful details about DNA and coupling to that are experiments to talk about how those discoveries were made. There are a lot of informations to which the reader must memorize to be a dedicated scientist. If the reader does not have a mature and analytical/reasoning skills, then all the informations will be gibberish. The reader also much have a basic understanding of chemistry and biology to understand the informations. If the reader is in high school and is taking Honor/AP biology then the informations will be clear cut. Some abbreviation are used and will not be told to what it stand for. Ex: the book used "bp" (it does not mean blood pressure), this refers to as "Base Pairs". The book did not provide "Base Pairs" so the reader must be able to reason it out base on the context and how bp was used. Over all comment on this book is IT'S AWESOME!!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on July 27, 2005
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This is the best single source of information on Genetic Science I have run across. Comprehensive from history, to theory, to lab practice. Highly recommended! Great illustrations and very clearly written. Its targeted to people with a serious interest in the field, definitely not for the "Genetic Science for Dummies" crowd.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jC on July 3, 2007
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This was used for my high school semester course "DNA Sci part 1" textbook used with Watson's Recombinant DNA textbook. DNA Science:A 1st Course, 2nd edi was useful in supplementing the updates in recent genetic advances and some newer, better graphic representations. I found this to be an easy textbook to read, although not intended for those without a biology and chemistry background since the book does not waste much ink on describing what should have already been learned. The other students in my class seemed to find this book to be a clear, understandable textbook as well.

A very good first course textbook that keeps a student (or any person) interested. Nice big, clear print as well. The laboratories were the standard same as in the Recombinant DNA textbook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rishi on December 29, 2007
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Excellent Textbook.

This should be the first book that you should read before on to more advanced texts like Molecular Biology of the Gene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tingliucs on November 30, 2009
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This is the perfect textbook for a first course in recombinant DNA technology. It covers both theories and laboratory procedures very well.

Students must have finshed high-school biology and chemistry before studying DNA Science. Students can also take DNA Science along with AP/IB biology.

After completing this textbook, university students will find textbooks such as "Molecular Biology of the Gene" and "Molecular Cloning-A Laboratory Manual" very easy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By apiano on December 7, 2012
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I wanted a replacement for the DNA books loaned and not returned. The subject was not a good substitute. Easy to read in places; too much of a lab book. Good for a DNA student tech. Will not replace Watson and Crick for the double helix curious.
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The book as delivered is in very good shape, it appears as tho it is brand new. Unfortunately it sports a pungent, air-freshener or perfume-y smell, not the usual paper-and-ink smell one is used to with books. I don't know where it picked up its odor, perhaps in the vendor's storage area? In any case I don't like it, and whereas the book alone merits 5-stars for the vendor, I have subtracted one star as a way of saying "Phew!"
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I bought it as a teacher's reference book, but it would also make a great text for an advanced high school class. As textbooks go, it is very readable. I found it thorough, but not overwhelming. I like the format--part 1 is textbook and part 2 is lab book.
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