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iGenetics: A Mendelian Approach (Genetics Place) [Hardcover]

Peter J. Russell

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4 April 2005 080534666X 978-0805346664 1

iGenetics: A Mendelian Approach reflects the dynamic nature of modern genetics by emphasizing an experimental, inquiry-based approach with a solid treatment of many research experiments. The text is ideally suited for students who have had some background in biology and chemistry and who are interested in learning the central concepts of genetics.

Problem solving is a major feature of the text and students have the opportunity to apply critical thinking skills to a variety of problems at the end of each chapter. Pedagogical features such as “Principal Points,” at the beginning of each chapter, and “Keynotes,” strategically placed throughout the chapter, are useful learning tools.

The iGenetics CD-ROM and the companion website contain 25 activities and 59 narrated animations, all of which are based on text figures, to help students visualize complex processes and challenging concepts they encounter in the main text.

An intense developmental effort, along with numerous third-party reviews of both text and media, ensure the highest degree of accuracy.


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Peter J. Russell received his B.S. in Biology from University of Sussex in 1968 and his Ph.D. in Genetics from Cornell University in 1972. He then joined the Biology faculty of Reed College in 1972 where he is currently Professor of Biology. Russell teaches an upper-division genetics and molecular biology lecture/laboratory course, the genetics section of the introductory biology course, an advanced seminar course in yeast virology, and advises senior thesis research students. He is also the author of a number of successful genetics textbooks.

He is currently studying the molecular genetics of the replication of double-stranded (ds) RNA viruses found in budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The research goals are to define in vivo the cis-acting sequences that are required for viral RNA packaging into capsids and for genome replication, and to identify and characterize any yeast gene products required for virus propagation. His earlier research involved Neurospora RNA synthesis and the organization of and regulation of the number of ribosomal RNA genes, and nitrogen metabolism in the pathogenic dimorphic yeast Candida albicans.



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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Text Book 27 Sep 2005
By Calvin Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think this is one of my favorite text books that I've encountered to this point. It's wonderfully straight forward and has beautiful diagrams that clearly illustrate the subjects being taught. It's also very nice reading, which is more than I can say about most text books!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with Errors 9 April 2008
By Elizabeth J. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am currently using this book for an upper-level university course, and I don't believe it could be much worse. I am no geneticist, but I find errors on every other page and even in the accompanying solutions manual. My professor often mentions during class "Your book is wrong here" or "This is a typo" or "This is what they meant to say." I do realize that this is the first edition, but it seems almost as though the author wrote the book and never bothered to edit it. It's also quite wordy and usually a bore to read. Overall, the book stinks. Molecular Biology of the Cell 5 is more helpful in this class and it's not even a Genetics book.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Genetics is interesting, but this book makes me dread the subject. 16 Mar 2007
By gs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The most useful features in this book are "analytical approaches to solving genetics problems" and "questions and problems" at the end of each chapter. Many of the pictures and diagrams are also nice.

However, the writing style tends to be rather dreary and over wordy, which is great for insomniacs, but horrible for those who actually want to learn something. Most of the material is presented in a manner best "learned" by memorization, rather than understanding. As seems to be typical of many biology texts, the "what" is emphasized over the "how" and "why". The sections that approach genetics from a molecular level tend to be better than the others, but the writing style is still too verbose.

Probabilities are treated in a fast and loose manner, but I am willing to concede that such use may be common among geneticists.

I also found several errors and typos in many of the chapters.

I tend to find genetics intrinsically interesting and this book could be worse, but if my only exposure to genetics were through this book, I would probably like the field about as much as I would like to work with potassium cyanide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Genetics Rocks 29 July 2013
By Samantha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am satisfied with the book that came. Genetics is such as an amazing class and now this book will help with taking over the world with genetic manipulation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition 26 Jun 2013
By Jesica R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book will help me because I am not very good at genetics. It even comes with a CD, which I am planning to play it whenever I need to!
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