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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Science; 3 edition (13 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815341849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815341840
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.7 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is an excellent companion for students in human genetics or for researchers that want to gain background and knowledge in this field." (Human Genetics Journal)

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Professors Tom Strachan & Andrew Read awarded the Education Award 2007 of the ESHG for their outstanding contribution to the dispersal of knowledge of modern human molecular genetics among students and professionals.

Tom Strachan is Scientific Director of the Institute of Human Genetics and Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Newcastle. Tom's early research interests were in multigene family evolution and interlocus sequence exchange, notably in the HLA and 21-hydroxylase gene clusters. While pursuing the latter, he became interested in medical genetics and disorders of development. His most recent research has been on the molecular genetics of early mammalian development, and focuses on building an electronic atlas of gene expression in early human development and investigating the function of inversin, a major determinant of the left-right axis.

Andrew Read is a Professor of Human Genetics at Manchester University. Andrew has been particularly concerned with making the benefits of DNA technology available to people with genetic problems. He established one of the first DNA diagnostic laboratories in the UK over 20 years ago (it is now one of two National Genetics Reference Laboratories), and was founder chairman of the British Society for Human Genetics, the main professional body in this area. His own research is on the molecular pathology of various hereditary syndromes, especially hereditary hearing loss.

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By Nicolas on 22 Dec. 2014
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Mar. 2011
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I am trying to read this book to revise for a 3rd year undergrad genetics course. Like others have said, it is ridiculously wordy and as enojyable as having your toe nails pulled out with a pair of rusty pliers. Fortunately i didn't buy it. Looking back, i should have twigged when there were loads of copies of it left in the library.

A much better book is, GENOMES by T. A. Brown.
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One of the best and most comprehensive books available on the subject 16 Nov. 2005
By T. Vogel - Published on
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This book offers an up-to-date view of molecular genetics and the functional laboratroy tools and theories used to address various inherited disorders. The language is very approachable and the book is wonderfully cross-referenced. New developments in various computational fields are addressed and key websites are given for data analysis so that the interested reader can familiarize himself with these tools. I found this book very helpful for both an introduction and subsequent in depth analysis of various topics. The referenced articles are seminal papers and are a wonderful addition to yoour library. Highly recommended and essential for beginners in health professions, graduate students, and biomedical researchers.
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Get up to speed fast by reading this book 9 May 2006
By Thomas P. Caruso - Published on
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Though I have been interested in molecular genetics for decades, I have been out-of-touch with the excitement in genetics that is percolating out of the huge amount of data coming from various genome sequencing projects. Want to know why there is so much excitement? Then I suggest you read this book.

The book is up-to-date not only with the latest information about what is happenning in molecular genetics, with a focus on human genetics, but also with the latest molecular biology methods needed to understand the field. Anyone with a basic biochemistry background could pick up this book and get a lot out of it, though the more statistics you know the better you will understand components on linkage analysis.

I plan to use this book as a reference for my developing research interests in this field. When I am reading a paper or after listening to a presentation, I can go right to the information in this book to refresh my knowledge about the method or general thinking about a particular topic. The book adds to this experience by providing key references for just about any related subject covered in the book in a more general fashion. I will be reading these references in specific areas close to my interest.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference for students and researchers. 5 Jan. 2007
By Ryan W. Bonvillain - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book offers detailed insight into the fundamentals of human molecular genetics. The contents review DNA and chromosome structure and function, cellular development, population genetics, cancer genetics, gene therapy, and a myriad of molecular genetic techniques, applications, and analyses. The figures and illustrations beautifully complement the text with easily understood captions and legends. The organization of the book is such that the reader can easily find a topic of interest without thumbing through the entire text. I would highly recommend "Human Molecular Genetics" by Tom Strachan and Andrew P. Read to senior-level college students, graduate students, and researchers. This is a must-have in the library of any geneticist.
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FOURTH Edition Available! 11 Feb. 2011
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Please note that there is a FOURTH edition (which is cheaper than the third), but you cannot find it through Amazon's search box. It is at
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excellent for a broad review 4 May 2008
By Raghu Chivukula - Published on
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HMG3 is a great book for those looking to review the large and growing field of human molecular genetics. It lacks the molecular biological detail that dedicated textbooks such as MBOC contain, but has a large amount of useful information regarding experimental approaches in human molecular genetics, and clinical ramifications of basic science research. I have found it an ideal core reference for graduate work in human genetics.
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