D. Peter Snustad, University of Minnesota
Michael J. Simmons, University of Minnesota
John B. Jenkins, Swarthmore College
864 pages, Cloth
ISBN: 0-471-31196-0, © 1997
Available: Late Fall 1996


Principles Of Genetics unravels the complexities of the rapidly advancing science of genetics, and shows your students how genetics is done with a practical problem solving emphasis and appropriate experimental examples to support concepts.

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Unique Chapters

Snustad, Simmons, and Jenkins have created a balanced text that presents classical, molecular, and population genetics. Unique to this text are separate chapters on viruses, bacteria, behavior, animal development, and immunogenetics, which integrate up-to-date discoveries and research while allowing flexibility of topical coverage.

Humanizing Genetics

(James Neel, Edward Lewis, Nancy Wexler, James F. Crow......)
Principles of Genetics incorporates human examples to support key concepts. The role of geneticists is highlighted throughout by including conversations with geneticists who have made important contributions to the science of genetics. An Epilogue, "Genetics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" by James F. Crow provides students with a compelling perspective of the impact and role of genetics in our world.

Dynamic Illustrations

Principles of Genetics includes state-of-the-art illustrations designed by the authors to convey genetics concepts clearly. Stepped-out illustrations will help students break down complex processes into manageable parts.

Brief Table of Contents

  1. The Science of Genetics
  2. Reproduction as the Basis of Heredity
  3. Mendelism: the Basic Principles of Inheritance
  4. Extensions of Mendelism
  5. The Chromosomal Basis of Mendelism
  6. Variation in Chromosome Number and Structure
  7. Linkage, Crossing Over & Chromosome Mapping in Eukaryotes
  8. Advanced Linkage Analysis
  9. DNA and the Molecular Structure of Chromosomes
  10. DNA and Chromosome Replication
  11. Transcription and RNA Processing
  12. Translation and the Genetic Code
  13. Mutation, Recombination and DNA Repair
  14. Definitions of the Gene
  15. The Genetics of Viruses
  16. The Genetics of Bacteria
  17. Transposable Genetic Elements
  18. The Genetics of Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
  19. The Techniques of Molecular Genetics
  20. Molecular Analysis of Genes and Gene Products
  21. Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes
  22. Gene Regulation in Eukaryotes
  23. The Genetic Control of Animal Development
  24. The Genetic Control of the Vertebrate Immune System
  25. Complex Inheritance Patterns
  26. The Genetic Control of Behavior
  27. Population Genetics and Evolution
  28. Genetics and Speciation
  29. Epilogue by James Crow

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