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Principles of Population Genetics, Fourth Edition [Hardcover]

Daniel L. Hartl , Andrew G. Clark
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December 31, 2006 0878933085 978-0878933082 4th
This thoroughly updated Fourth Edition provides a balanced presentation of theory and observation. It introduces the principles of genetics and statistics that are relevant to population studies, and examines the forces affecting genetic variation from the molecular to the organismic level. Integrated throughout the book are descriptions of molecular methods used to study variation in natural populations, as well as explanations of the relevant estimation theory using actual data.

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<:;st> The first edition (1980) is one of the 10 titles on quantitative genetics/population genetics cited in BCL3. For upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students with some background in genetics and population biology. Contains nine chapters with illustrations, boxed examples and problems. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


It is a pleasure to read this new edition of a classical textbook on population genetics. It shows very convincingly how population genetics has been revamped in the past 20 years by the introduction of new statistical and computational methods (in particular, coalescent theory), and the advent of genomic data, as well as how these developments changed a formerly rather arcane science and moved it toward the center of modern biology. … In summary, the essence of population genetics is nicely condensed in this book. The presentation is wonderfully balanced between theory and observation, as well as classical and recent data sets and analysis tools. --Wolfgang Stephan, The Quarterly Review of Biology

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 545 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; 4th edition (December 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878933085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878933082
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed March 15, 2009
The fourth edition is excellent in that all major topics in modern population genetics are covered and with a minimal need for advanced math. However, there are numerous small errors in both the text and the answers to problems posted. These errors are not a major obstacle for advanced users, but can be confusing to students new to population genetics, and especially those that have not had a math course in recent years. I recommend it over other texts for teaching, but students and instructors should be aware that these errors exist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most intuitive approach to popgen November 14, 2012
By Jessen
I've looked at a few population genetics books and this is by far the most explanatory and up-to-date with the field of population genetics that I've seen (it even includes some post-human genome sequencing era related material). This book provides in-text references to original publications, providing you with a means to start exploring the topics in more detail (very handy in my own work as a young bioinformaticist). I highly recommend this book for those serious about learning population genetics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basic literature for geneticists February 19, 2010
This textbook provides readears an overview of all basic concepts and theories in population genetics, and is greatly based on both classic and current literature. In addition, detailed information is given when the authors treat the key subjects of each chapter. Hypotetical and factual examples of easy comprehension help us to understand better the subjects. There are many exercises after theoretical chapters that improve our sense of interpretation. This textbook is perfect for basic and advanced studendts, as well as for genetics lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Bible of population genetics May 31, 2009
Well organized and easy to follow

For people who start studying population genetics, don't hesitate to select this book. It's awesome.
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