Synopses & Reviews
Reveals the connections between genetics and specific diseases
Understand the science and the ethics behind genetics
Want to know more about genetics? This non-intimidating guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals. 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.
- What geneticists do
- How traits are passed on
- How genetic counseling works
- The basics of cloning
- The role of DNA in forensics
- The scoop on the Human Genome Project
Genetics For Dummies is an introduction to genetics, including cells and DNA of both people and animals, and how they effect who you are and what you do. From cloning the first pet cat to the advent of the Human Genome Project, a spotlight is on the ethics of genetic science, and this book explains this ever-changing information in a easy-to-understand way. It includes sections on basic genetics; genetic mutations, diseases, and evolution; insights into scientific discoveries such as cloning and genetic engineering; gene therapy and other new and controversial medicines; and the exploration of ethical issues and the future of genetic science.
Over 140,000 people are enrolled in life sciences degree programs, and millions more are intrigued by the recent decoding of the human genome and the role of DNA in forensic investigations. This plain-English guide helps students and interested adults get up to speed on genetics fundamentals. From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double-helix and genes identified with specific diseases, the book explains genetics in terms that anyone can understand-and shows how people are applying today's genetic science to fight disease, develop new agricultural products, solve crimes . . . and clone cats.
About the Author
Tara Rodden Robinson, PhD, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at Auburn University and is currently an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
Table of Contents
Part I: Genetics Basics.
Chapter 1: What Genetics Is and Why You Need to Know Some.
Chapter 2: Celling Out: Basic Cell Biology.
Chapter 3: Mendel’s Peas Plan: Discovering the Laws of Inheritance.
Chapter 4: Law Enforcement: Mendel’s Laws Applied to Complex Traits.
Chapter 5: The Subject of Sex.
Part II: DNA: The Genetic Material.
Chapter 6: DNA: The Basis of Life.
Chapter 7: Copying Your DNA: Replication.
Chapter 8: RNA: Like DNA but Different.
Chapter 9: Translating the Genetic Code.
Chapter 10: What a Cute Pair of Genes: Gene Expression.
Part III: Genetics and Your Health.
Chapter 11: Sequencing Your DNA.
Chapter 12: Genetic Counseling.
Chapter 13: Mutation and Inherited Diseases.
Chapter 14: The Genetics of Cancer.
Chapter 15: Chromosome Disorders.
Chapter 16: No Couch Needed: Gene Therapy.
Part IV: Genetics and Your World.
Chapter 17: Tracing Human History and the Future of the Planet.
Chapter 18: Forensic Genetics: Solving Mysteries Using DNA.
Chapter 19: Genetic Makeovers: Fitting New Genes into Plants and Animals.
Chapter 20: Cloning: There’ll Never Be Another You.
Chapter 21: Ethics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Defining Events in Genetics.
Chapter 23: Ten of the Hottest Issues in Genetics.
Chapter 24: Ten Terrific Genetics Web Sites.