- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470551747
- ISBN-13: 978-0470551745
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Genetics For Dummies 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
A plain-English guide to this fascinating topic
Want to know more about genetics? This practical guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals and the most recent discoveries. From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double helix, you get clear explanations in easy-to-understand terms. Plus, you'll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes . . . and even clone cats.
Jump into genetics — get the 411 on how genetic information is divvied up during cell division and how trait inheritance works
Dig into DNA — discover how your DNA is put together, how it gets copied, and how the building plans for your body are encoded in the double helix
Toast to health — understand how genetics affects your health and get the lowdown on the latest developments in genetic counseling, inherited diseases, genetics and cancer, and chromosome disorders
Get in the know — learn about the impact of genetics on hot topics like population genetics, evolution, forensics, cloning, ethical issues, and more
Open the book and find:
The basics of cell biology
The laws of inheritance
A plain-English explanation of traits
The genetics of sex
How DNA is replicated
A tour of the double helix
The genetics of diseases
How gene therapy can treat genetic diseases
The use of DNA to solve crimes
Controversial topics in genetics
Grasp the latest developments in genetics
Understand the latest on stem cell research
Get up to speed on molecular genetics, genetic counseling, and more
Explore ethical issues as they apply to genetics
About the Author
Tara Rodden Robinson, PhD, is an Instructor of Genetics, Extended Campus, at Oregon State University. Previously, she worked as an instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
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Top Customer Reviews
I like that it's easily broken down and has extensive references. Would recommend as a reference book for those continuing learning.
My one complaint is that the text is constantly interrupted by parenthetical references (e.g., flip back to chapter 11 for our discussion of...) to other places (e.g., see the sidebar on...) in the text that (e.g., read the section on... in this chapter) relate to what is being discussed. As a consequence it is harder to follow the text than it should be. I read this in a Kindle edition and kind of hoped that these were marginal notes in the paper version of the book. Eventually I was conditioned to try to skip all the parentheses I came to - which would be a mistake because some contained necessary information.
There were detailed analogies to help you understand the different bits and pieces of all things that make up the genetics field. I was able to grasp concepts much easier by thinking about them related to something else I already know, and for that I feel this book did an excellent job 'dumbing it down' for me.
I do feel like there were certain chapters that I needed to re-read to fully understand, and even after finishing the book I feel like it would be a wise decision to sit down with a pad and pen to take notes. I read this on my kindle so it was great to be able to highlight and reference back to something - but the field is so in-depth I think you would best serve yourself and your memory by doing more than just reading (that is unless you frequently study genetics, in which case this is probably just a great refresher book for you).
Looking forward to buying my next book on genetics!!