Genetics Demystified

Paperback | October 18, 2005

byEdward Willett

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There’s no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects

Genetics Demystified offers an up-to-date, highly readable explanation of the basic principles of genetics, covering key topics such as human genetics, DNA, heredity, mutations, traits, chromosomes, and much more. This self-teaching guide comes complete with key points, background information, quizzes at the end of each chapter, and even a final exam. Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for advanced students, this is a lively and entertaining brush-up, introductory text, or classroom supplement.

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There’s no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjectsGenetics Demystified offers an up-to-date, highly readable explanation of the basic principles of genetics, covering key topics such as human genetics, DNA, heredity, mutations, traits, chromosomes, and much more. This self-teaching guide comes complete ...

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LEARN THE ABC'S OF DNA (AND HEREDITY)Now anyone with an interest in genetics can master it -- without med school classes, Nobel Prize intelligence, or unlimited time. In Genetics Demystified, award-winning science writer Edward Willett provides an effective and painless way to learn or review genetics, from Mendel's first experiments ...

Edward Willet is a science columnist for radio and newspapers and a former news editor. The author of more than 30 books, including nonfiction on topics as diverse as computing, disease, history, and quantum physics, as well as several science fiction and fantasy novels, he is the recipient of awards from the National Science Teachers...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 9.1 × 7.3 × 0.63 inPublished:October 18, 2005Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071459308

ISBN - 13:9780071459303

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD

Chapter 1: Mendelism and Classical Genetics

Chapter 2: The Cell -- The Basic Unit of Life

Chapter 3: DNA -- The Chemical Basis of Heredity

Chapter 4: Chromosomes -- Organized DNA

Chapter 5: Traits -- How Genes Are Expressed

Chapter 6: Genomes -- Reading the Genetic Code

Chapter 7: Mutations -- Misreading the Code

Chapter 8: Cancer -- Genetics Gone Awry

Chapter 9: Bacteria -- A Different Way of Doing Things

Chapter 10: Organelles -- Genetics Outside the Nucleus

Chapter 11: Viruses -- Hijacking Heredity

Chapter 12: Genetic Engineering -- Sculpting the Code

Chapter 13: Evolution -- Change Driven by Genetics

Chapter 14: Humans -- How Genetics Affect Us

FINAL EXAM

ANSWERS TO QUIZ AND FINAL EXAM QUESTIONS

SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL REFERENCES

GLOSSARY

INDEX