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The Language of Genetics

By: David Botstein(Author)

240 pages, 30 colour & 10 b/w illustrations

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Hardback | Jul 2015 | #223027 | ISBN-13: 9781621820925
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Genetics is the science of biological inference from regularities in patterns of inheritance. It is a fundamentally analytical enterprise. It has become clear, especially in the last 50 years, that many important things about biology can be learned using genetic analysis that cannot be learned any other way. Genetic analysis is the best window we have into the workings of evolution. The Language of Genetics is organized around the specialized words that capture the most fundamental genetic abstractions. It conveys the meaning and utility of the essential and helpful ones as they are used today.

"David Botstein is a legendary teacher, as well as an outstanding scientist. Decoding the Language of Genetics presents his insightful, very personal dissection of the major advances that have led to modern genetics and genomics. Carefully explaining the critical roles of research on model organisms, he guides the reader to the exciting future of human genomics. Included are lively descriptions of his many scientific heroes – from Gregor Mendel to Seymour Benzer and Nancy Wexler."
– Bruce Alberts, President Emeritus, U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1993–2005)

"Genetics researchers try to understand the molecular mechanisms central to life by studying an organism's phenotype. The language that describes their approaches is familiar to the geneticist but often incomprehensible to everyone else. Master geneticist David Botstein has written a book that makes all this clear, explaining both the beauty of the logic involved and the language that has to be understood. Read this book, be inspired by the power of genetics, understand your genetical colleagues, and be overwhelmed no more."
– Paul Nurse, Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute

"Genome sequences allow us to peer back into our ancestry and assist doctors in tailoring treatments for whatever ails us. But how are those not trained in genetics supposed to understand how genomes work? David Botstein, a world-class geneticist and a passionate teacher, combines these talents to offer a comprehensive primer on genetics. It's a scholarly work, but written with such clarity that it provides a Rosetta stone for those who want to translate the arcane language of genetic analysis."
– Thomas Cech, Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute



1. The Basics
2. Implicit Experiments and the Functional Gene
3. Recombination and Linkage Mapping
4. Pathway Analysis
5. Regulation of Metabolic Pathways
6. Phage and the Beginning of Molecular Genetics
7. Transcription, Translation and the Genetic Code
8. Suppression Genetics
9. Functional Suppression
10. The Genetics of Complex Phenotypes
11. Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression
12. The Modular Architecture of Genes and Genomes
13. Evolution Conserves Functional Sequences
14. Human Population Genetics
15. Inferring human gene function from disease alleles
16. What’s Next in Genetics and Genomics?


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