Genetics For Dummies

Genetics For Dummies : A Reference for the Rest of Us!

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This title reveals the connections between genetics and specific diseases. Understand the science and the ethics behind genetics. Want to know more about genetics? This non-intimidating guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals. 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. Discover: what geneticists do; how traits are passed on; how genetic counseling works; the basics of cloning; the role of DNA in forensics; and, the scoop on the Human Genome Project.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 190.5 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 544.32g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764595547
  • 9780764595547
  • 714,748

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Genetics Basics. Chapter 1: What Genetics Is and Why You Need to Know Some. Chapter 2: Celling Out: Basic Cell Biology. Chapter 3: Mendel's Peas Plan: Discovering the Laws of Inheritance. Chapter 4: Law Enforcement: Mendel's Laws Applied to Complex Traits. Chapter 5: The Subject of Sex. Part II: DNA: The Genetic Material. Chapter 6: DNA: The Basis of Life. Chapter 7: Copying Your DNA: Replication. Chapter 8: RNA: Like DNA but Different. Chapter 9: Translating the Genetic Code. Chapter 10: What a Cute Pair of Genes: Gene Expression. Part III: Genetics and Your Health. Chapter 11: Sequencing Your DNA. Chapter 12: Genetic Counseling. Chapter 13: Mutation and Inherited Diseases. Chapter 14: The Genetics of Cancer. Chapter 15: Chromosome Disorders. Chapter 16: No Couch Needed: Gene Therapy. Part IV: Genetics and Your World. Chapter 17: Tracing Human History and the Future of the Planet. Chapter 18: Forensic Genetics: Solving Mysteries Using DNA. Chapter 19: Genetic Makeovers: Fitting New Genes into Plants and Animals. Chapter 20: Cloning: There'll Never Be Another You. Chapter 21: Ethics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Defining Events in Genetics. Chapter 23: Ten of the Hottest Issues in Genetics. Chapter 24: Ten Terrific Genetics Web Sites. Glossary. Index.
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About Tara Rodden Robinson

Tara Rodden Robinson, PhD, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at Auburn University and is currently an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
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