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Primer of Genetic Analysis
A Problems Approach

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521842686

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  • An invaluable student-tested study aid, this primer, first published in 2007, provides guided instruction for the analysis and interpretation of genetic principles and practice in problem solving. Each section is introduced with a summary of useful hints for problem solving and an overview of the topic with key terms. A series of problems, generally progressing from simple to more complex, then allows students to test their understanding of the material. Each question and answer is accompanied by detailed explanation. This third edition includes additional problems in basic areas that often challenge students, extended coverage in molecular biology and development, an expanded glossary of terms, and updated historical landmarks. Students at all levels, from beginning biologists and premedical students to graduates seeking a review of basic genetics, will find this book a valuable aid. It will complement the formal presentation in any genetics textbook or stand alone as a self-paced review manual.

    • Each section, representing a major area of genetics, is introduced with a study hints section - a concise summary of key concepts
    • Problem sets allow students to test their understanding of genetic principles and problem-solving, with thorough explanations provided
    • Practice tests and answers are provided at the end of the book, along with a glossary of key terms
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ' … this is a clearly-written and well-organized book, which does an unassuming but important job.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'It is a book well worth having access to … ' Trends in Genetics

    'Any student dedicated enough to work through the problems is likely to benefit enormously and develop a greater conceptual understanding of genetics.' Animal Genetics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521842686
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 175 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 210 b/w illus. 57 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overview of genetic organization and scale
    2. Mitosis and meiosis
    3. Nucleic acids: DNA and RNA
    4. Basic mendelian genetics
    5. Probability and chi-square
    6. Sex-linkage and gene interactions
    7. Pedigree analysis
    8. Overview of basic statistical testing
    9. Quantitative inheritance
    10. Overview of genetic mapping
    11. Assessing chromosome linkage relationships
    12. Linkage and mapping in diploids
    13. Mapping in bacteria and viruses
    14. Overview of types of genetic change
    15. Gene mutation
    16. Changes in chromosome number and structure
    17. Protein synthesis and the genetic code
    18. Gene regulation and development
    19. Overview of molecular biology techniques
    20. DNA mapping and human genome analysis
    21. Basic population genetics
    22. Selection and evolution
    23. Practice tests
    24. Answers to practice tests and crossword puzzles
    25. Landmarks in the history of genetics
    Reference tables.

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  • Authors

    James N. Thompson, Jr, University of Oklahoma
    James N. Thompson, Jr., is a David Boyd Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught genetics for almost thirty years. His research interests are in genetic responses and adaptation to stress, genotype and environment interactions in quantitative traits, and variation in mutation rate.

    Jenna J. Hellack, University of Oklahoma
    Jenna J. Hellack is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma. She currently teaches introductory genetics, evolution, and molecular and population genetics courses. Her research interests are in the area of population genetics.

    Gerald Braver, University of Oklahoma

    David S. Durica, University of Oklahoma
    David S. Durica has been a member of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma since 1988, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in genetics. His research focuses on developmental genetics and the organization and expression of multigene families.

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