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Genetics Essentials: Concepts and Connections


By: Benjamin A Pierce(Author)

488 pages, colour illustrations

W.H. Freeman & Co. Ltd

Paperback | Oct 2015 | Edition: 3 | #225332 | ISBN-13: 9781464190759
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Derived from Ben Pierce's popular and acclaimed Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, this streamlined text covers basic transmission, molecular, and population genetics in just 18 chapters, helping students uncover major concepts of genetics and make connections among those concepts as a way of gaining a richer understanding of the essentials of genetics.

The new edition offers updated content and new features. It also now a fully integrated text/media resource, with a powerful yet easy-to-use student media and course management tools available in W.H. Freeman's breakthrough online course space, LaunchPad.

New to this edition:
- New and Reorganized Content
- New and Expanded Coverage of Epigenetics: The coverage of epigenetics has been significantly updated and expanded in Chapter 12, Control of Gene Expression. Briefer discussions of epigenetics are now in Chapters 4 and 8, and 16.
- New Topics
   New molecular genetics section: "The Molecular Nature of Alleles" (Chapter 3)
   New section on conditional probability (Chapter 3)
   Extensively revised section on dosage compensation (Chapter 4)
   Significantly expanded section on chromosome rearrangements (Chapter 6)
   Expanded discussion of the discovery of DNA structure, including Franklin’s contribution (Chapter 8)
   New section on CRISPR RNAs (Chapter 10)
   New section: Long Noncoding RNAs Regulate Gene Expression (Chapter 10)
   Updated and expanded discussion of changes in chromatin structure (Chapter 12)
   New section on Illumina sequencing (Chapter 14)
   Revised section on DNA fingerprinting (Chapter 14)
   Updated and expanded discussion of genome-wide association studies (Chapter 15)
   Updated discussion of metagenomics (Chapter 15)
   New section on evolution through changes in gene regulation (Chapter 18)
- Reformatted Worked Problems walk students through difficult quantitative concepts, presenting a Solution Strategy and Solution Steps for each worked problem. Hint balloons remind students of key points or refer them back to the text for review.
- New Figure-Based End-of-Chapter Problems bring a visual aspect to problem-solving, engaging students closely with figures in each chapter and helping them assess their understanding of key concepts and processes.
- New Introductory Stories including "The Odd Genetics of Left-Handed Snails" and "Building a Better Banana."

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1. Introduction to Genetics
2. Chromosomes and Cellular Reproduction
3. Basic Principles of Heredity
4. Extensions and Modifications of Basic Principles
5. Linkage, Recombination, and Eukaryotic Gene Mapping
6. Chromosome Variation
7. Bacterial and Viral Genetic Systems
8. DNA: The Chemical Nature of the Gene
9. DNA Replication and Recombination
10. From DNA to Proteins: Transcription and RNA Processing
11. From DNA to Proteins: Translation
12. Control of Gene Expression
13. Gene Mutations, Transposable Elements, and DNA Repair
14. Molecular Genetic Analysis and Biotechnology
15. Genomics and Proteomics
16. Cancer Genetics
17. Quantitative Genetics
18. Population and Evolutionary Genetics

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Benjamin Pierce received a BS in Biology from Southern Methodist University and a PhD from the University of Colorado, USA. Ben is currently Professor of Biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair at Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. He is a population geneticist who conducts ecological and evolutionary research on amphibians. Ben has authored a number of articles in research journals and several books, including: The Family Genetics Sourcebook, a guide to genetics for the layperson; Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, a general genetics textbook; Genetics Essentials: Concepts and Connections, a brief genetics textbook; and Transmission and Population Genetics: A Short Course, a textbook for courses in transmission and population genetics. Ben is a member of the steering committee of the 21st Century Science Coalition, a group of scientists who support strong science standards for Texas public schools. He is the President of the Texas Academy of Science, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, and is a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science. He currently serves on the editorial board of Bioscience. He has received research and teaching grants from the Natural Science Foundation, the W. M. Keck Foundation, the 3M Foundation, the National Park Service, the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, and the National Geographic Society.

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