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Fundamental Genetics

Fundamental Genetics


  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521006330

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  • Fundamental Genetics is a concise, non-traditional textbook that explains major topics of modern genetics in 42 mini-chapters. It is designed as a textbook for an introductory general genetics course and is also a useful reference or refresher on basic genetics for professionals and students in health sciences and biological sciences. It is organized for ease of learning, beginning with molecular structures and progressing through molecular processes to population genetics and evolution. Students will find the short, focused chapters approachable and more easily digested than the long, more complex chapters of traditional genetics textbooks. Each chapter focuses on one topic, so that teachers and students can readily tailor the book to their needs by choosing a subset of chapters. The book is extensively illustrated throughout with clear and uncluttered diagrams that are simple enough to be reproduced by students. This unique textbook provides a compact alternative for introductory genetics courses.

    • Structured in a more accessible way than most genetics textbooks, with 42 accessible mini-chapters covering all major topics in genetics
    • Extensive glossary with straightforward explanations of all genetics terms used and which students will encounter in their studies
    • Clear, simple artwork throughout aids in the understanding of complex concepts, and ensures that illustrations are reproducible by students
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521006330
    • length: 478 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 194 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 272 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Life forms and their origins
    2. Nucleic acids
    3. Proteins
    4. Simple chromosomes
    5. Chromosomes of eukarya
    6. Genome content
    7. RNA synthesis I: Transcription
    8. RNA synthesis II: Processing
    9. Abundance of RNAs in bacteria
    10. Abundance of RNAs in eukarya
    11. Protein synthesis
    12. DNA replication
    13. Chromosome replication
    14. Molecular events of recombination
    15. Micromutations
    16. Repair of altered DNA
    17. Reproduction of bacteria
    18. Horizontal gene transfer in bacteria
    19. Cell cycles of eukarya
    20. Meiosis
    21. Chromosomal abnormalities
    22. Life cycles of eukarya
    23. Reproduction of viruses
    24. Genetic processes in development
    25. Sex determination and dosage compensation
    26. Cancer
    27. Cutting, sorting, and copying DNA
    28. Genotyping by DNA analysis
    29. Genetically engineered organisms
    30. Genomics
    31. Behavior of genes and alleles
    32. Probability and statistics toolkit
    33. Genes, environment, and interactions
    34. Locating genes
    35. Finding and detecting mutations
    36. Cytoplasmic inheritance
    37. Genetic variation in populations
    38. Mutation, migration, and genetic drift
    39. Natural selection
    40. Quantitative genetics
    41. Speciation
    42. Molecular evolution and phylogeny

  • Author

    John Ringo, University of Maine, Orono

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