Genes: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 16, 2014

byJonathan Slack

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In this exploration of the concept of the gene, Jonathan Slack looks at the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and development. Explaining the nature of genetic variation in the human population, how hereditary factors were identified as molecules of DNA, and how certainspecific mutations can lead to disease, Slack highlights how DNA variants are used to trace human ancestry and migration, and can also used by forensic scientists to identify individuals in crime. He also explores issues such as the role of genetic heritability and IQ as well as the changes thatoccur in the genes of populations during evolution. An ideal guide for anyone curious about what genes are and how genetics can be put to use, this Very Short Introduction demonstrates the ways in which the gene concept has been understood and used by molecular biologists, population biologists, and social scientists around the world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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In this exploration of the concept of the gene, Jonathan Slack looks at the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and development. Explaining the nature of genetic variation in the human population, how hereditary factors were identified as molecules of DNA, and how certainspecific mutations can lead to disease, Slack ...

Professor Jonathan Slack is Director of the Stem Cell Institute of the University of Minnesota. He has published widely on genes in development, and has written four academic books. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Evolution and Development. He is also the author of Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019967650X

ISBN - 13:9780199676507

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Genes before 19442. Genes as DNA3. Mutations and gene variants4. Genes as markers5. Genes of small effect6. Genes in evolutionConclusion: the varied concepts of the geneFurther readingIndex