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Genetics: A Conceptual Approach

  • Introductory Stories draw students into the material and make genetics more relevant
  • Concepts Boxes summarize important take-home messages from the chapter
  • Concept Check Questions allow students to quickly assess their understanding of the material
  • Connecting Concepts
 help students integrate new concepts with preceding material
  • In-text Worked Problems walk students through each step of a problem, referencing a similar problem at the end of the chapter that students can try
  • End-of-chapter Problems progress in level of difficulty and include comprehension, application, and challenge questions. The author has also included Data Analysis problems based on actual scientific papers

By: Benjamin A Pierce(Author)

W.H. Freeman & Co. Ltd

Hardback | Mar 2014 | Edition: 5 | #212290 | ISBN-13: 9781464109461
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About this book

With Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, Pierce brings a master teacher's experience to the introductory genetics textbook, clarifying this complex subject by focusing on the big picture of genetics concepts. The new edition features an emphasis on problem-solving and relevant applications, while incorporating the latest trends in genetics research.

New to this edition:

- New Chapter on Epigenetics (Ch. 21)
The new chapter integrates updates and expands on material formerly spread across chapters in the previous edition. Briefer discussions of epigenetics are now in those separate chapters (5, 11, 17, 22, and 23).

- New and Reorganized Text Content
Chapter 11 now covers chromosome structure and organelle DNA (formerly covered in Chapter 21). Chapters 8 and 9 (Bacterial and Viral Genetic Systems, and Chromosome Structure in the previous edition) have been switched so that chromosome variation now follows Chapter 7 (Linkage, Recombination, and Gene Mapping).

- Updated Coverage of Molecular Genetic Techniques and Genomics
Chapter 19, Molecular Genetic Analysis, includes coverage of new techniques that are gaining wider use. The Genomics and Proteomics chapter (20) has also been extensively revised and updated.

- Revised End-of-Chapter Pedagogy—Updated by the Author
Unlike many other textbooks Ben Pierce writes the exercises and Worked Problems for his text. The new format for the Worked Problems makes them more helpful and visible, presenting a Solution Strategy, Solution Steps, and Hints for each one.

- More Connections to Media Resources
Media icons in the book direct students to online resources in LaunchPad that help them become better problem-solvers (problem-solving videos, online worked problems, self-graded versions of end-of-chapter problems) visualize genetics (animations, interactive activities), and understand concepts (annotated scientific papers from Nature with assessment, LearningCurve).

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1. Introduction to Genetics
2. Chromosomes and Cellular Reproduction
3. Basic Principles of Heredity
4. Sex Determination and Sex-Linked Characteristics
5. Extensions and Modifications of Basic Principles
6. Pedigree Analysis, Applications, and Genetic Testing
7. Linkage, Recombination, and Eukaryotic Gene Mapping
8. Chromosome Variation
9. Bacterial and Viral Genetic Systems
10. DNA: The Chemical Nature of the Gene
11. Chromosome Structure and Organelle DNA
12. DNA Replication and Recombination
13. Transcription
14. RNA Molecules and RNA Processing
15. The Genetic Code and Translation
16. Control of Gene Expression in Prokaryotes
17. Control of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes
18. Gene Mutations and DNA Repair
19. Molecular Genetic Analysis and Biotechnology
20. Genomics and Proteomics
21. Epigenetics
22. Developmental Genetics and Immunogenetics
23. Cancer Genetics
24. Quantitative Genetics
25. Population Genetics
26. Evolutionary Genetics

Reference Guide to Model Genetic Organisms

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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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