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50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series) [Hardcover]

Mark Henderson
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2 April 2009 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series

In recent years knowledge of our genetic code has changed our understanding of life on Earth. New genetic technologies are transforming the way we live and promise treatments for otherwise incurable diseases. But these advances are also generating controversy, particularly surrounding issues such as cloning and designer babies. In 50 Genetics Ideas, Mark Henderson distils the central ideas of genetics in a series of clear and concise essays. Beginning with the theory of evolution, and covering such topics as the genome and how nature and nurture work together, he not only illuminates the role of genes in shaping our behaviour and sexuality, but also the very latest, cutting-edge developments in gene therapy and artificial life. Accessible and informative, 50 Genetics Ideas is a timely introduction to this young and ground-breaking strand of science.


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847246710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847246714
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are our personalities inherited or made? What can DNA reveal about human history? How significant was the creation of Dolly the sheep? And will we soon be designing babies to order? Mark Henderson, science editor of The Times, distils the central concepts of this newest of sciences in a series of 50 lucid and engaging short essays. Beginning with Darwin's theory of evolution and concluding with the most recent, and controversial, scientific advances, he shows how knowledge of our genetic code has changed our understanding of life on Earth. Full of everyday examples, enlightening quotations and helpful diagrams, 50 Genetics Ideas: Tells us how life came to be the way it is, unlocking the secrets of chromosomes, DNA and the human genome; Explains how our individuality if forged, be it through nature or nurture; Reveals how genetics can help the fight against cancer, HIV, malaria and superbugs; Explores the major ethical issues around divisive topics such as stem cell research, cloning and the potential for artificial life; Illuminates the very latest thinking on junk DNA, evo-devo and epigenetics, and points towards what the future might hold for the human race. Accessible, informative and utterly fascinating, 50 Genetics Ideas is both a timely overview of this ground-breaking strand of science and an essential insight into what makes each one of us truly unique.

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The theory of evolution; The laws of inheritance; Genes and chromosomes; The genetics of evolution; Mutation; Sex; Genes, proteins and DNA; The double helix; Cracking the code of life; Genetic engineering; Reading the genome; The human genome; Lessons of the genome; Genetic determinism; Selfish genes; The blank slate; Nature via nurture; Genetic diseases; Gene hunting; Cancer; Superbugs; Behavioural genetics; Intelligence; Race; Genetic history; Genetic genealogy; Sex genes; The end of men?; The battle of the sexes; Homosexuality; Genetic fingerprinting; GM crops; GM animals; Evo-devo; Stem cells; Cloning; Cloning people; Gene therapy; Genetic testing; Tailor-made medicines; Designer babies; Brave new worlds; Genes and insurance; Gene patenting; Junk DNA; Copy number variation; Epigenetics; The RNA revolution; Artificial life; No such thing as normal.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief review 1 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
Well written in a quickly digestible form. Should appeal to those whose knowledge of genetics has not kept pace over the years and to lay people. Good value for money and merits its title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The genetic blueprint for success 24 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
If there's a gene for writing great popular science books, Mark Henderson must have it. Fans of his Times column will not be disappointed by this snappy and informative book. Henderson cuts through the pseudo-science surrounding genetics to deliver clear, sane and highly readable insights into what is today possibly the most cutting-edge field of scientific endeavour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 July 2010
By brutus
Format:Hardcover
This is the 1st of the "50" series I've read. Since then I've bought many more. Its a great read, a book where everytime I'd read a chapter I'd think, just one more before bed! If you have any interest in this area, even casual, I'd highly recommend you read this book.
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Having unsuccessfully tried to read, many genetic books, where the author "makes no apology" for the Latin biological verbiage that obscures any understanding of the subject, I was taken aback by the simplicity and elegance of the language of this book!

This book answered many questions:
1: My brother has the same parental DNA as me , why then, are we not identical?

2: Why are only 20 proteins coded from the 64 combinations available from four bits?

3: Why SEX ? all that sweat....for what?

4: If Mendel's pea genes program for discrete colour or height, why are we not graded into discrete sets by height , or personality?

Great wee book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Genetic Ideas 13 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is written by a professional science reporter and is very well laid out with simple explanations, summaries of key ideas, adequate repetition of information for the layman and a useful glossary. In short I can't fault it as an introduction and perhaps more to the key ideas in the rapidly expanding field of genetics
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Genetic ideas you really need to know 8 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book written for the layman about a difficult subject in terms that are understandable but not patronising. Some scientists and those in the medical profession would find it useful too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Learned Much From This Excellent Book 10 Oct 2013
By Andy
Format:Hardcover
Fifty topics on genetics are discussed in this excellent, highly readable work. Entries are grouped by them - molecular genetics, nature and nurture, the genome, some ethical stuff etc. - and each of the topics is set out on exactly four pages. You could skip sections here and there if you wanted to, and I doubt you'd have difficulty with later material. There's a glossary of jargon at the end if you do miss something.

The volume is presented in an attractive hardback cover with a nice picture of Dolly on the front.

My only possible reservation is that 50 Genetics Ideas... (part of a series?) was published in 2008, so may not be fully up-to-date in what is a very fast moving field.

Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Henderson owns the skill of translating complex genetic concepts into...
Henderson owns the skill of translating complex genetic concepts into intriguing reads for people who don’t necessarily share a scientific background. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Metaxa
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I order this book?
My daughter is a young geneticist. 3 months ago she had done her Ph.D. thesis.
This book will be a present for her!
Sincerely yours,
Elena
Published 13 months ago by Elena Barsukova
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent breadth
This is a really good book to dip into as each of the 50 ideas are only 4 pages long. It covers the classic genetic experiments, evolution, cloning and eugenics, all the way up to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Martensgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very interesting read, would recommend anyone interested in this type of book to buy, and will keep and refer to on many occasions
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. S. Grime
4.0 out of 5 stars Dolly good!
The concept is simple - take 50 central ideas concerning genetics and describe each of them in a chapter of 4 pages, including a timeline, some quotes, sidebars, illustrations. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dr Dombo
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Very interesting book, great for beginners. Good price value. If you have an intrest for this kinda stuff then its your type of reading material.
Published 22 months ago by Jimmy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview
The only reason I only give 4 stars here is that some of the technical explanations are done far better by other authors - he lost me occasionally and I don't think that should... Read more
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