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Genetics: A Conceptual Approach

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By: Benjamin A Pierce
745 pages, Col illus
Genetics: A Conceptual Approach
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  • Genetics: A Conceptual Approach ISBN: 9781429276061 Edition: 4 Paperback Apr 2011 Out of Print #190837
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About this book

Since its inception, this book has been known for its engaging writing style and its focus on the key concepts in genetics.

By presenting these key concepts clearly and by helping students make connections between them, Pierce enables students to study the big picture of genetics. The fourth edition includes new coverage on epigenetics, the first synthetic organism, our relationship to Neanderthals, microRNAs, and many other updates and recent discoveries.

The popular Chapter-Opening Stories engage students with interesting real-life examples and have been updated. Almost half the stories are new, including new stories on "The Strange Case of Platypus Sex", "Death Cap Poisoning", "Helping the Blind to See" and more. The end-of-chapter problems have also been revised and updated, giving students great new exercises to test their understanding.

The text is supported by a companion website which provides helpful problem-solving videos and interactive animated tutorials and podcasts on key concepts and processes.


Introduction to Genetics

Chromosomes and Cellular Reproduction

Basic Principles of Heredity

Sex Determination and Sex-Linked Characteristics

Extensions and Modifications of Basic Principles

Pedigree Analysis, Applications, and Genetic Testing

Quantitative Genetics

Linkage, Recombination, and Eukaryotic Gene Mapping

Bacterial and Viral Genetic Systems

Chromosome Variation

DNA: The Chemical Nature of the Gene

Chromosome Structure and Transposable Elements

DNA Replication and Recombination


RNA Molecules and RNA Processing

The Genetic Code and Translation

Control of Gene Expression in Prokaryotes

Control of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes

Gene Mutations and DNA Repair

Molecular Genetic Analysis and Biotechnology

Genomics and Proteomics

Organelle DNA

Developmental Genetics and Immunogenetics

Cancer Genetics

Population Genetics

Evolutionary Genetics

Reference Guide to Model Genetic Organisms

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BENJAMIN PIERCE is Professor of Biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, USA. 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 other books, including: The Family Genetics Sourcebook; Genetics Essentials; and Transmission and Population Genetics. He 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; the President of the Texas Academy of Science; and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He also currently serves on the editorial board of Bioscience. Ben 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.

Textbook Out of Print
By: Benjamin A Pierce
745 pages, Col illus
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