Genetics for Dummies

Genetics for Dummies

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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.


What geneticists do How traits are passed on How genetic counseling works The basics of cloning The role of DNA in forensics The scoop on the Human Genome Project
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley Pub., c2005.
ISBN: 9780764595547
Characteristics: xviii, 364 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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May 08, 2018

“Dummies” is a catchy title used for years to explain difficult subjects, and it is supposed to mean, I think, that despite the complexity, I, an ordinary person, could comprehend it. More honestly the title might be “Genetics: A Comprehensive Introduction,” which I think would scare away many potential readers.
The subject is covered in depth, from the structure of the genetic elements to their real-world consequences, but I had several difficulties, some related to what was discussed and others to the quirkiness of the electronic book I received. To make it seem written for “dummies,” there is too much previewing what the author is planning to explain and chapter flip-forwards to learn more and chapter flip backs to review what was explained. My e-book did not have a chapter list or index, that I could find, and italics were jammed together with nonitalic words, making reading difficult.
I got a lot of what I wanted from the first parts of the book, restoring the basics of genetics that I learned in high school and an introductory college course. However, I did bail out early, perhaps to pick another genetics title from the library. You may do far better than I, but I’d suggest thinking of this as a textbook to study, not breeze through.

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