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Human Genetics: The Basics

Ricki Lewis
Publication Date:
October 01, 2010
Content Details:
188 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Human genetics has blossomed from an obscure branch of biological science and occasional explanation for exceedingly rare disorders to a field all of its own that affects everyone. Human Genetics: The Basics introduces the key questions and issues in this emerging field, including:

      • The common ancestry of all humanity
      • The role of genes in sickness and health
      • Debates over the use of genetic technology

    Written in an engaging, narrative manner, this concise introduction is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to know more about genes, DNA, and the genetic ties that bind us all.


      Popular topic with students, scholars and others not just in the sciences but in a variety of disciplines in humanities and social sciences

      Highly readable text by an author who has a track record of disseminating difficult information to undergraduates (through her various textbooks)

      Author is a popular public speaker in the US and will point those who attend her lectures towards this book

      Moves away from the usual focus on rare genetic disorders to instead look at natural, normal variation (the author is on the undergrad education committee of the American Society of Human Genetics and says this is the way the society wants the field to move)

  • Contents

    1. From Ancestry to Destiny   2. From Mendel’s Peas to Double Helices  3. How Genes Work  4. Genes and Health  5. Genetic Testing  6. Genetic and Genomic Technologies