Human Genetics: The Basics

Ricki Lewis

October 1, 2010 by Routledge
Textbook - 188 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415579841 - CAT# Y108336
Series: The Basics

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Features

Popular topic with students, scholars and others not just in the sciences but in a variety of disciplines in humanities and social sciences

Highly readable text by an author who has a track record of disseminating difficult information to undergraduates (through her various textbooks)

Author is a popular public speaker in the US and will point those who attend her lectures towards this book

Moves away from the usual focus on rare genetic disorders to instead look at natural, normal variation (the author is on the undergrad education committee of the American Society of Human Genetics and says this is the way the society wants the field to move)

Summary

Human genetics has blossomed from an obscure branch of biological science and occasional explanation for exceedingly rare disorders to a field all of its own that affects everyone. Human Genetics: The Basics introduces the key questions and issues in this emerging field, including:

    • The common ancestry of all humanity
    • The role of genes in sickness and health
    • Debates over the use of genetic technology

Written in an engaging, narrative manner, this concise introduction is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to know more about genes, DNA, and the genetic ties that bind us all.

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