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Introduction to Quantitative Genetics (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0582243025
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The lastest edition of this classic text continues to provide the basis for understanding the genetic principles behind quantitative differences in phenotypes and how they apply to animal and plant improvement and evolution. It extends these concepts to the segregation of genes that cause genetic variation in quantitative traits. Key techniques and methods are also covered.

About the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of all the titles in the bestselling Olivia series: "Olivia", "Olivia Saves the Circus", "Olivia...and the Missing Toy", "Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia Helps with Christmas, "and "Olivia Goes to Venice". His illustrations have also graced many covers of the New Yorker. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), among others. Mr. Falconer lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (February 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582243025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582243026
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew C. Keller on November 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Its almost useless to write a review for this book. If you're in genetics, then you know this book's reputation to be of the very highest order. It is THE introduction into quantitative genetics. I have it on my desk and use it as a reference constantly when trying to figure out evolutionary genetics and/or quantitative genetics papers.
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It's a good intermediate book, and the 150 or so solved problems are very useful.

Although it is "Quantitative Genetics," there isn't any statistical genetics in here, which is pretty odd. Just a passing mention of things like chi square testing of the null hypothesis would be helpful. Maybe it's because this book was first published in 1960 and the 4th edition came out in 1996.

I happen to have the 1960 edition, and parts of it are unchanged. I compared the 1960 version to the 4th edition where the new one awkwardly referred to a recessive allele as a "gene." Well, that page had not been revised since 1960! A little editorial housekeeping would go a long way.

It's hard to give 5 stars to a $115 paperback that will end up in a zip lock bag with the pages falling out. And it's pretty thick at 450 pages, so the spine will definitely crack over time if you use it very much. Although I like the content, when I opened the box it was like getting socks at Christmas.
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I have been working in this field for more than 30 years. Even after all of this time, if I want to remind myself about how to explain an important concept, I go back to Falconer. By the time I completed my PhD, my fellow grad students and I agreed that "if you understand Falconer, you understand Quantitative Genetics". Even after all of these years, I still find this to be true.
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This is a very well done book; it is a very comprehensive foundation for the world of Quantitative Genetics. Much of the research I do today still utilizes concepts from this book. The only problem is the paper back. For something that is referenced so much, I would like to see a more durable version. I would really enjoy a digital copy. That way I could put it on my kindle/computer, and have it with me wherever I go. Plus, I could perform quick searches if I don't remember the page number something is on. This would also take the durability issue out of the picture. The paperback is the only reason I gave this book 4 stars. It deserves 5 stars for content by far!
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This book can tell you everything you always wanted to know about quantiutative genetics but never had anyone to ask to.

It starts with an introduction to population dynamics and them passes to the study of quantitative traits and their properties (such as variance, heritability, etc.) with a deep mathematical analysis that can be sometimes tiresome (but necessary to really understand what is going on).

The most interesting part however are the last chapters on selection and QTL where the theories of Mendel and Darwin meet the quantitative genetics set of equations and concepts.

Better read if accompanied by articles on the subject and with the help of someone more experienced (specially for the math). A knowledge of statistcs is mandatory as well as notions of genetics.
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Very simply, one of the best textbooks on quantitative genetics out there. It's still one of my go-to references for basic concepts, equations, and lucid explanation.
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