Genetics for Dummies

Genetics for Dummies

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A practical guide that gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals and the most recent discoveries in genetics, in easy-to-understand terms. You'll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes-- and even clone cats!
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Publishing, c2010
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780470551745
Branch Call Number: 576.5 ROB
576.5 ROB
Characteristics: xvi, 366 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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May 08, 2018

“Dummies” is a catchy title used for years to explain difficult subjects, and it is supposed to mean, I think, that despite the complexity, I, an ordinary person, could comprehend it. More honestly the title might be “Genetics: A Comprehensive Introduction,” which I think would scare away many potential readers.
The subject is covered in depth, from the structure of the genetic elements to their real-world consequences, but I had several difficulties, some related to what was discussed and others to the quirkiness of the electronic book I received. To make it seem written for “dummies,” there is too much previewing what the author is planning to explain and chapter flip-forwards to learn more and chapter flip backs to review what was explained. My e-book did not have a chapter list or index, that I could find, and italics were jammed together with nonitalic words, making reading difficult.
I got a lot of what I wanted from the first parts of the book, restoring the basics of genetics that I learned in high school and an introductory college course. However, I did bail out early, perhaps to pick another genetics title from the library. You may do far better than I, but I’d suggest thinking of this as a textbook to study, not breeze through.

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