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Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications 5th Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0072462685
ISBN-10: 007246268X
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About the Author

Ricki Lewis, well-known author of Life, Beginnings of Life, and Human Genetics, is currently an instructor at the University of Albany. She received her Ph.D. in genetics from Indiana University. She is practicing genetics counselor for Women's Medical Health Care in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 5 edition (June 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007246268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072462685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,930,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For professors who are thinking of using this book, as a student I felt it engaged me immensely. For students who are contemplating shelling out the $$ for the book, I don't quite know what to tell you. The book is very easy to read, lots of colorful pictures, not just dry text. Each chapter starts off with a semi-personal story about the topic at hand. My teacher didn't use it that often for work but I found it helpful to support what I was learning in class. Great reference. Human Genetics is a very interesting topic and can get any lay person to talk about their views on what kind of world they want to see.
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great text book for genetics course. I use it at NYU. Easy to read, great illustrations, helpful index.
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There are some positive aspects of this book:
-Short sections
-Lots of pictures/diagrams
-Lots of personal stores, examples, etc.

All these factors make this book pretty easy to get through. However, the quality of writing and thought organization is terrible:

-Jumps from idea to idea
-Gives examples of a disorder, but doesn't mention what that disorder is
-LOTS of sentence structure issues, including sentences that just don't make sense; Ex: "The second major type of DNA microarray experiment, a DNA sequence variation analysis, screen mutations, SNPs, and the wild type sequence for a particular gene." (This is not a sentence! Is there a word missing or something?)
-Wordiness galore: "In a Darwinian sense, an unattractive and out-of-shape parent of ten is more "fit" than a gorgeous triathlete with one child." (What does being unattractive or gorgeous have to do with it?)

There are a million more examples of the crappy writing.

Honestly, a lot of the sentences are worded awkwardly. This book should be rewritten, reorganized, and EDITED.
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By A Customer on February 16, 1998
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This is a good book, but the topic is so enormous that the book is too broad and should be more specific. The book is an overview of so many areas and it doesn't go into much detail. A excellent book for someone who is illiterate in human genetics like an undergraduate.
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Excellent book. It will be an asset to my library. I am very interested in the study of genetics and this book is very helpful in my pursuitof genentics. Thank you
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Compreshensive text of beginning genetics for healthcare professionals. Thought I was ordering the latest edition but this is adequate for my class.
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By EM on February 14, 2012
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This has been a very helpful and informative text. The illustrations and detail in the chapters provides an abundance of useful information.
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By Dead_catz on March 12, 2013
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the book came exactly what i ordered good condition, i cant say about the book though as i have not even touched it for my course
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