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Human Genetics Paperback – October 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0073525303 ISBN-10: 0073525308 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 10 edition (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073525308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073525303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Providing the balance between a science book that can appeal to the general public while still providing useful information to the science "professional" is always a challenge. Lewis (medical education, Alden March Bioethics Institute) has succeeded in producing a useful source for each audience.' - Choice May 2011

?Ricki Lewis has done a remarkable job with this book? - Charles W. Rodgers, The American Journal of Human Genetics --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ricki Lewis has built an eclectic career in communicating the excitement of genetics and genomics. She earned her Ph.D. in genetics in 1980 from Indiana University. It was the dawn of the modern biotechnology era, which Ricki chronicled in many magazines and journals. She published one of the first articles on DNA fingerprinting in Discover magazine in 1988, and a decade later one of the first articles on human stem cells in The Scientist.

Ricki has taught a variety of life science courses at Miami University, the University at Albany, Empire State College, and community colleges. She has authored or co-authored several university-level textbooks and is the author of The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, as well as an essay collection and a novel . Ricki has been a genetic counselor for a private medical practice since 1984 and is a frequent public speaker. Since 2012, Ricki has written hundreds of news stories for Medscape Medical News, articles for Scientific American and for several genetic disease organizations, and originated and writes the popular weekly DNA Science blog at Public Library of Science.

Ricki teaches an online course on “Genethics” for the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. She lives in upstate New York and sometimes Martha’s Vineyard, with husband Larry and several felines. Contact Ricki at rickilewis54@gmail. com , or join the discussion on DNA Science at http://blogs.plos.org/dnascience/ .

Customer Reviews

It reads more like a great story than a textbook.
Evelyn B. Kelly, Ph.D.
I am not trying to "dis" the author or the book, I am just saying it is written in a very dumb-down manner.
Mr. Truth
I got this book for a college course in human genetics, and it is not just relevant, but very interesting!
Missy

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn B. Kelly, Ph.D. on January 2, 2014
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Great book, well-written, pictures make it interesting. It reads more like a great story than a textbook. I recommend it highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alisha Ford on August 21, 2013
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Found the book interesting and helpful for this paticular class. I would recommend this paticular class to anyone who needs it.
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I ordered this book, used, before I even signed up for the free trial amazon student/prime and I don't think it cost me more than $60! Plus decent ship time considering how inexpensive it all was! Great buy! My book came in practically new condition with a hardly noticeable bend in the corner of the cover and two of the page corners were bent. I was VERY pleased considering I watched the mailman walk away right after shoving my poor book in our mailbox! I'm sure my book was perfect before that, so overall I made out like a bandit and I would highly recommend this product.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Missy on November 30, 2012
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I got this book for a college course in human genetics, and it is not just relevant, but very interesting! I actually want to read this book when I have a new chapter assignment. The text is easily understood, but it still has the substance necessary to successfully complete my course.
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If your college has this book in one of its transferable credits or if you must make a choice between a course that has uses this book and a course like some introductory biology course - i say take the course with this book. That way youll know why anatomy, physiology, Ob/Gyn, heredity starts at the level of cells and not some bottom-down approach.
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By Jessica on January 4, 2015
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It's a textbook about genetics. Unless you are highly interested in genetics, this book is quite boring. The class was a requirement for my degree program, so I endured the term. It is not a user friendly textbook. Some areas could use some revising. It is hard to find definitions in the text at times.
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This book is easy to read and the chapters are short enough to read all the way through without getting lost. I hate long chapters during midterms and this book provides a summary after each chapter so you technically do not have to read the chapter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James K. on May 17, 2014
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Its a flat out horrible book, the language is for High School Students not for college students, and its very generic in genetic vocabulary and in information.
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More About the Author

On a bright September Sunday in 2008, 8-year-old Corey Haas walked up the pathway to the Philadelphia zoo holding his parents' hands, looked up, and screamed. It was the first time he'd seen the sun.

Four days earlier, Corey had undergone gene therapy for hereditary blindness at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. An eye surgeon had gently placed billions of viruses bearing healing genes just beneath the rods and cones of Corey's left eye. Now, at the zoo, seeing the sun hurt.

Corey's suddenly restored vision marked a renaissance for gene therapy, a biotechnology sadly sidelined nine years earlier when an 18-year-old died in a similar experiment in the same city, also in just four days.

The Forever Fix tells the riveting saga of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how young patients have been helped and harmed, and how researchers learned from each trial to inch one step closer to its immense promise, the promise of a "forever fix" - a cure that, by correcting a problem at its genetic roots, doesn't need further treatment.

Corey's inspiring true story unfolds against the backdrop of other children receiving gene therapy since the field was born in 1990, and those looking ahead to it in the coming months. The treatments pioneered on their rare diseases will reverberate to many more common illnesses. The compelling voices of the children, families, researchers, and physicians at the forefront of this biotechnology relate the ups and downs that have led to its recent success, and looming acceptance. And no one has told these intertwining stories - until now.

The Forever Fix, dedicated to the children of gene therapy, is a celebration of science, medicine, parent activism, and most important of all, hope.

RICKI LEWIS is a Ph.D. geneticist, journalist, professor and genetic counselor. The author of one of the most widely used college textbooks in the field (Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, now in it's 10th edition), she has also written hundreds of articles for trade and specialized magazines, including Nature, Discover, and The Scientist. She is a hospice volunteer and frequent public speaker. Ricki lives near Schenectady, NY, and as much as possible in Martha's Vineyard.

Follow Ricki Lewis on Twitter (@rickilewis), on her blog Genetic Linkage (www.rickilewis.com), and at https/www.facebook.com/rickilewisauthor.





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