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ISBN-13: 978-0470551745 ISBN-10: 0470551747 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470551747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470551745
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A plain-English guide to this fascinating topic

Want to know more about genetics? This practical guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals and the most recent discoveries. From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double helix, you get clear explanations in easy-to-understand terms. Plus, you'll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes . . . and even clone cats.

  • Jump into genetics — get the 411 on how genetic information is divvied up during cell division and how trait inheritance works

  • Dig into DNA — discover how your DNA is put together, how it gets copied, and how the building plans for your body are encoded in the double helix

  • Toast to health — understand how genetics affects your health and get the lowdown on the latest developments in genetic counseling, inherited diseases, genetics and cancer, and chromosome disorders

  • Get in the know — learn about the impact of genetics on hot topics like population genetics, evolution, forensics, cloning, ethical issues, and more

Open the book and find:

  • The basics of cell biology

  • The laws of inheritance

  • A plain-English explanation of traits

  • The genetics of sex

  • How DNA is replicated

  • A tour of the double helix

  • The genetics of diseases

  • How gene therapy can treat genetic diseases

  • The use of DNA to solve crimes

  • Controversial topics in genetics

Learn to:

  • Grasp the latest developments in genetics

  • Understand the latest on stem cell research

  • Get up to speed on molecular genetics, genetic counseling, and more

  • Explore ethical issues as they apply to genetics

About the Author

Tara Rodden Robinson, PhD, is an Instructor of Genetics, Extended Campus, at Oregon State University. Previously, she worked as an instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

More About the Author

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
My post-doctoral studies were in genetics at University of Miami (FL) and Auburn University. I teach genetics through eCampus at Oregon State University.

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this book for anyone taking genetics.
hannahkir
Even though I hate the title of this series, this book is very helpful if you are new to Genetics and want to learn the basics fast.
MatheusPapp
This book is very easy to read and the explanations are clear.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. Data on January 27, 2012
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First of all, I don't have a background in genetics at all and was interested in picking up a book for a dummy like me that could give me a overview on the topic. I've purchased these "Dummy" books in the past and liked the format and content. This book however, was way over my head! I agree that this is a very complex subject and also now have realized that even breaking it down for guys like me is still way over my head. I enjoy the sciences and am always curious on how the universe works on a macro and micro level. This book did expose the complexity of the micro world and what steps go into creating life. It was just a bit too complicated and detailed for me. At times I thought my brain was going to explode. I did however come away with an appreciation for the scope of the DNA/RNA task and the dedication of the scientists who figured this stuff out. I'm sure to a science major, this book will be a great supplement to their studies as it does take you through all the steps. Now I'm trying to search down the book "Genetics for REAL Dummies".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erin M. on November 14, 2012
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I have been interested in learning more about genetics for years and years, but never felt like I would be able to comprehend such an extensive subject. This book was a great introductory to genetics and an overview of many different fields within genetics! There were some parts that I was not interested in (certain fields that weren't my cup of tea - personal preference), but I felt like overall it was great.

There were detailed analogies to help you understand the different bits and pieces of all things that make up the genetics field. I was able to grasp concepts much easier by thinking about them related to something else I already know, and for that I feel this book did an excellent job 'dumming it down' for me.

I do feel like there were certain chapters that I needed to re-read to fully understand, and even after finishing the book I feel like it would be a wise decision to sit down with a pad and pen to take notes. I read this on my kindle so it was great to be able to highlight and reference back to something - but the field is so in-depth I think you would best serve yourself and your memory by doing more than just reading (that is unless you frequently study genetics, in which case this is probably just a great refresher book for you).

Looking forward to buying my next book on genetics!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin on April 17, 2013
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The dummies books are great to use as an extra study resource. They break down the information is an organized and easily understandable manner. Upper division college genetics courses are more detailed than this, FYI. It's a good resource to refer to for the basics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Country girl on February 1, 2014
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I found it kind of basic, but easy to understand, so a good start to understanding genetics. Good for anyone looking to understand the topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ptr613 on August 11, 2013
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This book covers a topic which affects us all, whether we are just generally interested in how genetics determines the details of the lives of plants and animals, or concerned about the ethics and safety of cloning them, or considering a career in genetics, or for those who are, or know someone who is, suffering the effects of genetic disorders. The book is definitely not for dummies but it is interesting reading, well organised and clearly written and is an excellent primer on this vital but complex subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on May 20, 2012
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Exactly what you would expect from a book about genetics, it makes learning about this stuff easier than the average text book and it has been very helpful for my DNA class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy H. Geraci on July 28, 2014
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Interesting read. My degrees are all in medical sciences, so I found some of the material challenging. I think I would have found the information a little easier to digest, had I had a genetics course in the past, or was more up to date in this area. I was, however, able to gain an overall understanding of the material. This material would. be best for someone with a good understanding of biology and chemistry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CCR on January 21, 2013
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I am trying to get my brain back into gear for uni after ten years off so this book seemed like the place to start. A good review of the basics before I venture into something heavier. Would recommend to younger readers as a study guide.
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