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Genetics: Analysis and Principles Hardcover – January 14, 2011

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ISBN-13: 978-0073525280 ISBN-10: 0073525286 Edition: 4th

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About the Author

Rob Brooker (Ph.D., Yale University) received his B.A. in biology at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, in 1978. At Harvard, he studied lactose permease, the product of the lacY gene of the lac operon. He continues working on transporters at the University of Minnesota, where he is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development and has an active research laboratory. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Brooker teaches undergraduate courses in biology, genetics, and cell biology. In addition to many other publications, he has written two undergraduate genetics texts published by McGraw-Hill: Genetics: Analysis & Principles, 4th edition, copyright 2012, and Concepts of Genetics, copyright 2012.

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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 4 edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073525286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073525280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've just completed my first semester teaching Genetics at a small liberal arts college in Indiana. Because I was jumping into the position I was stuck using the text previously designed for the class. Almost a third of the book was classical genetics, which I enjoy, but was certainly overplayed. Molecular Biology areas were a jumble of terms to learn and lists to inscribe into their brains. The problems in the book did not reflect the material in the text, leaving the class pretty much upset with the book. By midterm it was time to find another sources for the class.
I found myself reaching for other texts, and "Genetics, Analysis and Principles" turned out to be the jewel. It is well balanced, very clearly written, and does not spend its time making students read long memory lists of genes or proteins that the class is going to forget less than two weeks after the term. I think this is largely reflected by the way he wrote the book; with input from students.
Reading the intro I was afraid that this text was going to be way over into the experimental design/ data side which I've seen in other texts mean "no content". Not so this text; experimental design has been written into the book to describe genetics and content, not replace it. I think what is truely unique about this book is the use of scientific process as a way to teach concepts. I wish I had more books like this one for other courses. I hope Dr. Brooker's format for Biology (and yes other science courses) is adopted for other courses.
If you are considering a text for your Genetics classes, I think you will be very pleased with this book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Little Greek on May 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I used this textbook in a distance learning course and have found it to be invaluable to my learnng experience.
For anyone who has taken Genetics, you'll account for the fact that it is not an easy course. Taking it without a professor present is even more challenging. Luckily this text is well written and easy to follow. The author uses a mix of theory and experiment examples to drive important concepts home. The language is not dry like in many Biology texts. Instead, it is easy to read, almost to the point of being enjoyable.
There are a few things I really liked:
1. The illustrations in this book are paramount to learning difficult concepts. When explaining experimental procedures, the text is accompanied by step-by-step instuctions and illustrations as to how the experiment was carried out. This proved helpful in visualizing the procedure.
2. Each chapter is well organized and easy to understand. The author speaks in easy to understand terms (that is if you have had previous Biology courses.) His writing style is dynamic and never boring.
3. Difficult concepts are often explained more than once. Sometimes the book gets a little ahead of itself, but page numbers and chapters are always given so you can read about things you don't understand.
4. The end of each chapter provides the reader with provocative critical thinking questions that solidify important points from the chapter. Best of all, even numbered answers are given in the back so you can check yourself without hunting through the book.
Overall I'd give this book an A and it will remain in my collection of Biology texts.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on August 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book explains genetics concepts in a clear manner. It is was described to me as both teacher friendly and student friendly. I can easily see how it could indeed be both, though I can only comment on it from a teacher p.o.v. It is the book I've chosen to prepare my class from, and I would highly recommend it for any Genetics class.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin on January 8, 2013
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Best selling genetics textbook for a reason. This made genetics an easy A for me. It takes the scary out of what many consider a difficult (undergrad) biology course. He leaves a lot of holes (that only an advanced genetics student would notice) but this text is meant for intro type genetics courses (still 4xx/4xxx level) not advanced genetics or human genetics. If you like Brooker's Biology textbook you'll enjoy this. Not sure why one reviewer thought it was poorly written/organized. Are you sure you are referring to his 4th edition? First 3 editions maybe, but not this one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paulina Sanchez on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This textbook is one of the best science textbooks that I have read. The figures are amazing in detail and attract the attention of the reader. Genetics is fun with this textbook!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric Days on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The author of this book clearly knows his stuff. But it reads like he's giving a monolog during the third day of a crack binge. It is so disorganized, I find myself having to read passages four or five times in order to establish a conceptual framework for the material being discussed. Look, I understand that genetics is an emerging science and that the field and sub-fields have a lot of big holes that are actively being filled in. But it is still possible to present the material in a straightforward and systematized fashion. Ugh... My advice to anyone who gets stuck with this book is to scan each section first, then read through one or two subheadings before you actually start reading a subheading critically and taking notes. And if your instructor requires you to know about the experiments that are discussed, skip those and go back to them later because they don't actually help you understand the other material. Then cross-reference any unclear points from another textbook, or the interweb.
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