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Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 9th Edition 9th Edition

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Anthony Griffiths is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, where he taught Introductory Genetics for 35 years. The challenges of teaching that course have led to a lasting interest in how students learn genetics. His research interests center on the developmental genetics of fungi, using the model fungus Neurospora crassa. He also loves to dabble in the population genetics of local plants. Griffiths was President of the Genetics Society of Canada from 1987 to 1989, receiving its Award of Excellence in 1997. He has recently served two terms as Secretary-General of the International Genetics Federation.

Susan Wessler is Regents Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia, where she has been since 1983. She teaches courses in introductory biology and plant genetics to both undergraduates and graduate students. Her interest in innovative teaching methods led to her selection as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in 2006. She is coauthor of The Mutants of Maize (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press) and of more than 100 research articles. Her scientific interest focuses on the subject of transposable elements and the structure and evolution of genomes. She was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1998.

Richard Lewontin is the Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at Harvard University. He has taught genetics, statistics and evolution at North Carolina State University, the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago and Harvard University. His chief area of research is population and evolutionary genetics; he introduced molecular methods into population genetics in 1966. Since then, he has concentrated on the study of genetic variation in proteins and DNA within species. Dr. Lewontin has been President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and for some years, he was coeditor of The American Naturalist.

Sean Carroll is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches genetics and evolutionary developmental biology. Dr. Carroll's research has centered on genes that control body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. He is the author of the several books, including The Making of the Fittest (2006, W.W. Norton) and Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (2005, W.W. Norton). The latter was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Science and Technology) and the 2006 National Academy of Sciences Communication Award. He is also co-author with Jen Grenier and Scott Weatherbee of the textbook From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design (2nd ed; Blackwell Scientific) and the author or coauthor of more than 100 research articles.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman and Company; 9th edition (February 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716768879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716768876
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Wang on September 25, 2010
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I am taking an honors genetics course right now and I truly despise this book. I find the wording hard to understand and vague, and overly wordy. I asked my professor about the wordiness and sometimes she has a hard time deciphering what the book means, but since she knows what they are TRYING to convey she explains well. The book itself is also poorly organized.

For example, the first chapter is a dirty run through of DNA, structure, meiosis, and very basic proteins like helicase and ligase (not specific at all, a middle school kid should know these things). The next few deal with problems.

After a very basic run through (written at a middle school level and overly wordy as well), the book goes through virus replication, etc. Then they move onto epistatis, pleiotropy, etc., where they finally run you through how DNA itself replicates. What? Say what?! Shouldn't that have been the FIRST thing we learned?? How can we apply the concepts of pleiotropy when we don't even know how DNA replicates?

They give you one or two examples (and it's very simple, something you can breeze through in your head). Then a billion problems show up in the back, and many are very difficult because the book NEVER mentioned how to do them. You NEED the solutions manual for these. If you get the book and it's for a class, GET THE MANUAL. My entire exams were based off the questions in the back of the book. There are some statistics involved in some problems as well (never explained in the book and not even in the solutions manual), so get to know chi-square and certain tests very well in order to succeed in the class.

They explain some concepts not very clearly at all, and believe it or not, I had to go back to my 7th edition campbell&reece biology textbook to get some of the concepts, especially for DNA replication!! It was ridiculously unbelievable.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By on January 15, 1998
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This is the best general genetics text available. It covers all material well, from basic Mendelian genetics to the difficul topic of linkage analysis. The book has challenging problems for students, and the solved problems do an excellent job of introducing students to the unique problem solving aspects of genetics. If the book has one weakness, it is that the section on the physical properties of DNA is a little weak and could cover the material with more depth. This is the standard by which I judge all basic genetics texts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CHC on September 29, 2009
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This was the text book we used in my introductory genetics class over the summer. If it hadn't been for my prior exposure to the subject, I don't think I would have learned much at all by reading this book. Initial homework sets in the class comprised a selection of questions from this book, but these were soon replaced by other questions due to the confusing nature of the questions posed by the book. Sometimes the solutions manual (or the solutions in the back of the book) were wrong, or else the question was asked in such a way that nobody really knew what it was that was being asked until consulting the solutions.

Not only that, I was told by a friend who's a PhD candidate in bioinformatics that the information in various sections, such as the information about the number of SNPs, is outdated and sometimes flat-out wrong.

I definitely do not recommend this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Z. Lindsey on April 7, 2008
After having studied this book whole-heartedly for an entire semester, I feel that it just doesn't do a very decent job of relating the material in an inviting manner.

The topics are typically unorganized and almost seem to ramble, resulting in frequent, incoherent jumps. As such, I was forced to read and reread each and every sentence to try and follow the authors' intended message. Moreover, the authors' have seemingly tried to insert unnecessarily long words where their shorter, more easily understood counterparts would've more effectively conveyed the meaning of the text. After all, verbosity leads to unclear, incoherent things.

In conclusion, I would not recommend the purchase of this book. The authors' are not well versed in textbook construction as it seems they put less effort into instructing the students and more effort into writing an impressive-sounding, but generally over-inflated, book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DNAx100 on March 9, 2008
We use this book as the main textbook in my Genetics class. Although I agree that the problems at the end of the chapters are quite useful, I think most of the time the book never gets to the point.
1.Its historical facts sometimes make more than half of the chapters and it really annoys me, specially if I need to learn the concepts for next day.
2. Sometimes concepts are explained with examples, examples which may not be clear for everyone and may not help get the general idea.
3. The order of the book is kind of mixed, some concepts which have already been mentioned in early chapters are not explained until some chapters later.

As famous as this book is for Genetics, I do not recommend it for students like me who need to understand the concepts and apply them next day at a lecture and who have had already a good background of cellular and molecular biology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on September 15, 2013
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Pretty thin and easy to get through as far as textbooks go. The readability is decent with more important concepts explained in illustrations as well. It served me well through my university's genetics class 2 years ago. The professor teaching the class wasn't too great, but he picked a good textbook, so I ended up using this textbook to teach me what I needed to learn instead. I passed the class with a B, so I guess it did it's job fairly well.
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