Human Genetics: The Basics

Human Genetics: The Basics

by Ricki Lewis

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Overview

Human genetics has blossomed from an obscure branch of biological science and occasional explanation for exceedingly rare disorders to a field all its own that affects everyone. This book introduces the key questions and issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780203840580
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date: 10/06/2010
Series: The Basics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ricki Lewis is Adjunct Professor of Medical Education at Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical Center, US. She has a PhD in Genetics, writes the DNA Science blog at the Public Library of Science, is a genetic counsellor, and is the author of several popular titles.

Table of Contents

List of Figures & Tables

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations 

Chapter 1. From Mendel’s Peas to Double Helices

From Genes to Genomes

Agriculture is Applied Genetics

Mendel’s Experiments —The Mystery of the Missing Traits

The Chromosome Connection

In Pursuit of the Genetic Material

Chapter 2. How Genes Work

A Brief History of CF

Mikayla’s Story

The Individual Level: Tissues and Organs

The Family Level

The Population

Chapter 3. Genes and Health

A Genomic View of Health

Causes of Death – An Organizing Framework

Cancer: The Cell Cycle Out of Control

The Microbiome and Infectious Disease

Chapter 4. Genetic Testing

The First Generation of Genetic Tests: Proteins

The Second Generation of Genetic Tests: DNA

The Third Generation of Genetic Tests: Exomes and Genomes

Chapter 5. Gene Therapy and Genome Editing

Protein Therapy Came First

Gene Therapy

Gene and Genome Editing

Chapter 6. From Ancestry to Destiny

DNA as Clock and Compass

The First Hominins

DNA Evidence Overlaps Fossil Evidence

Expansion Out of Africa

From Archaic Humans to Modern Humans

Into Europe

Genetic Genealogy and Ancestry Testing

The Future: Will Humanity Homogenize or Diverge?

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

'Providing the balance between a science book that can appeal to the general public while still providing useful information to the science "professional" is always a challenge. Lewis (medical education, Alden March Bioethics Institute) has succeeded in producing a useful source for each audience.' - Choice May 2011

‘Ricki Lewis has done a remarkable job with this book’ - Charles W. Rodgers, The American Journal of Human Genetics

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