In recent years knowledge of our genetic code has changed our
understanding of life on Earth. New genetic technologies are
transforming the way we live and promise treatments for otherwise
incurable diseases. But these advances are also generating
controversy, particularly surrounding issues such as cloning and
designer babies. In "50 Genetics Ideas", Mark Henderson distils the
central ideas of genetics in a series of clear and concise essays.
Beginning with the theory of evolution, and covering such topics as
the genome and how nature and nurture work together, he not only
illuminates the role of genes in shaping our behaviour and
sexuality, but also the very latest, cutting-edge developments in
gene therapy and artificial life. Accessible and informative, "50
Genetics Ideas" is a timely introduction to this young and
ground-breaking strand of science.