- Hardcover: 896 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 11 edition (January 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1464109486
- ISBN-13: 978-1464109485
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.4 x 11.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Genetic Analysis 11th Edition
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About the Author
Anthony Griffiths is a Professor of Botany, Emeritus, at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the developmental genetics of fungi, using the model fungus Neurospora crassa. He has served as President of the Genetics Society of Canada and Secretary-General of the International Genetics Federation.Susan R. Wessler is Distinguished Professor of Genetics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on plant transposable elements and their contribution to gene and genome evolution. Wessler was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, she developed and teaches a series of Dynamic Genome Courses where undergraduates can experience the excitement of scientific discovery.Sean B. Carroll is an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Carroll is a leader in the field of evolutionary developmental biology and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. He is also the author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful, The Making of the Fittest, and Remarkable Creatures (a finalist for the National Book Award, non-fiction, 2009).John Doebley is a Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studies the genetics of crop domestication, using the methods of population and quantitative genetics. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003 and served as the President of the American Genetic Association in 2005. He teaches General Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.
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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.
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.
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.