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The Wonder of Genetics The Creepy, the Curious, and the Commonplace

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By: Richard V Kowles(Author)
337 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Prometheus Books
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  • The Wonder of Genetics ISBN: 9781633889460 Paperback Nov 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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This refreshingly clear layperson's overview of genetics shows how heredity actually works and how it is studied in plants and animals, clearly explaining these concepts without an overload of technical jargon. The author devotes separate chapters to such popular topics as the genetic differences between males and females, the potential effects of radiation on the human genome, eating irradiated or genetically modified foods, cloning, genetic therapy, stem-cell research, nature vs. nurture, and how genes are related to many diseases, psychological disturbances, and possibly other behaviours. The book concludes by addressing common misconceptions about genetics and emphasizing the discipline's potential for curing some diseases, extending human lifespan, enhancing medicine and agriculture, and generally improving society.

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Richard V. Kowles is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in Biology at Saint Mary's University, Minnesota.

Popular Science
By: Richard V Kowles(Author)
337 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Prometheus Books
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""A logical, intuitive and witty approach to learning a potentially difficult subject for some....Many of the things that we wonder about in life (genetically speaking) are elegantly and accurately explained."-Douglas N. Foster, professor of molecular and cellular biology, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota"Uses easy language coupled with a thorough glossary, pictures and diagrams to explain complex ideas....easy to pick up and start reading at any page, but can also be thoroughly enjoyed cover to cover. It's an excellent book for anyone who is after a quick and enjoyable explanation of genetics."-Cosmos

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