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Principles of Population Genetics, Fourth Edition 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0878933082
ISBN-10: 0878933085
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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.

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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
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Principles of Population Genetics is the modern "Bible" of population genetics. I chose it as the text for a pop gen class based upon recommendations of others, its thorough treatment of the material, and despite being published in 2007, more up to date with genomics than the other texts available. If graduate students were to only have one book addressing population genetics, I decided that this was the most useful.

I like that Hartle & Clarke show a lot of the equation manipulations rather than just showing the end result, but as others have noted, there are some errors.

The treatments of most topics are excellent, but I found Chapter 5, Selection, to be particularly troublesome. I actually had to switch texts for this section because of errors and an incomplete development of the principles. For example, students are left in the dark about the underlying models of s (selection coefficient) and w (fitness coefficient), where sometimes s ranges from 0 to 1 and other times it ranges from -1 to 1 . Both are utilized, but it is never explained, making for a confusing experience.

Beyond that, the order in which the chapters are presented could be improved upon (1,2,3,4,6,5,8,7,9,10). Inbreeding, Pop Subdivision, and Migration should come directly after the chapter on Mutation and Neutral Theory. This way, Selection is not breaking up similar topics. Selection should be followed by the Quantitative Traits chapter, which is about selection.

I'm hoping that the 5th edition will be released soon and address the issues raised here and by others.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
A new revision of a work I already thought perfect. Adds population genetic approaches using new molecular techniques. Superb.
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