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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (11 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470551747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470551745
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A plain–English guide to this fascinating topic Want to know more about genetics? This practical guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals and the most recent discoveries. From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double helix, you get clear explanations in easy–to–understand terms. Plus, you′ll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes . . . and even clone cats. Jump into genetics — get the 411 on how genetic information is divvied up during cell division and how trait inheritance works Dig into DNA — discover how your DNA is put together, how it gets copied, and how the building plans for your body are encoded in the double helix Toast to health — understand how genetics affects your health and get the lowdown on the latest developments in genetic counseling, inherited diseases, genetics and cancer, and chromosome disorders Get in the know — learn about the impact of genetics on hot topics like population genetics, evolution, forensics, cloning, ethical issues, and more Open the book and find: The basics of cell biology The laws of inheritance A plain–English explanation of traits The genetics of sex How DNA is replicated A tour of the double helix The genetics of diseases How gene therapy can treat genetic diseases The use of DNA to solve crimes Controversial topics in genetics Learn to: Grasp the latest developments in genetics Understand the latest on stem cell research Get up to speed on molecular genetics, genetic counseling, and more Explore ethical issues as they apply to genetics

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Tara Rodden Robinson , PhD, is an Instructor of Genetics, Extended Campus, at Oregon State University. Previously, she worked as an instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2015
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My primary interest is in philosophy of mind, which these days needs a more than cursory understanding of neuroscience, for which I bit the bullet and turned to the magnificent Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, which I have now read twice through. However, references to gene expression became increasingly intrusive towards the end of this book, as well as in other contexts, and I decided that I needed to get at least a basic understanding of what exactly that meant. I knew that DNA held genes, which code RNA, which is then used to make proteins, but little more than that. I've never turned to a For Dummies book before, but considering the kind of depth of knowledge I was looking for I could see no harm in giving it a try. It turned out to be exactly what I needed. It gave me an understanding of the chain of processes through which inheritance operates, and a basic idea as to how different cells come to create the different proteins that determins their function. It doesn't go as far as telling you what proteins really do or how they work, but then that's not genetics but molecular biology. Not only did the book explain the issues that had formed my initial enquiry, but it also rekindled my awe and wonder at the workings of the living cell that had began with my first boyhood adventures with a microscope, and at the astonishing levels of detail of the understanding of the molecular machinery inside cells that modern science has made available to us.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peterpipe on 24 July 2013
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A handy book that helps explain some of the mysteries of Genetics. I found it was lacking some info that could have been added.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Carstensen on 11 July 2013
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This is a great book for high school students. However, the section on HWE is plain wrong. Hence my low rating.
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As my chemistry/physics/biology lessons finished when I left school back in 1960 my knowledge on genetics is a bit thin on the ground. This book I found to be quite hard work as the dummy it was written for left school a few years after me with slightly more knowledge of DNA etc than I was taught (which is not difficult!!). However I am persevering and may eventually move up from being a 100% dummy as far as genetics is concerned!!
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By Silvia Kasbia on 31 Dec. 2013
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I found this to be a great help to me and is a book that I will be referring back to again and again.
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As usual with this series, a great way to get a broad view of the subject quickly. My only complaint is that the references to other sections are a bit intrusive in the text.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J de Klerk on 5 May 2011
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This book provides a basic introduction to genetics and then move to some of the more complex issues in genetics. If you have always struggled with genetics then this is the book for you.
I agree with a previous reviewer that this book is much better than some of the set books on genetics and will be of great help to any course that include genetics.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gene on 23 Nov. 2010
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Very good book for those who are beginners in genetics. I used it for preparing simplified talks to students and patients interested to know more about genetics.
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