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Introduction to Genetics: A Molecular Approach

T A Brown
Publication Date:
August 04, 2011
Content Details:
538 pages | 656 illustrations

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Genetics today is inexorably focused on DNA. The theme of Introduction to Genetics: A Molecular Approach is therefore the progression from molecules (DNA and genes) to processes (gene expression and DNA replication) to systems (cells, organisms and populations). This progression reflects both the basic logic of life and the way in which modern biological research is structured. The molecular approach is particularly suitable for the large number of students for whom genetics is a part of a broader program in biology, biochemistry, the biomedical sciences, and biotechnology.

    Introduction to Genetics presents the basic facts and concepts with enough depth of knowledge to stimulate students to move on to more advanced aspects of the subject. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 examines the function of the gene as a unit of biological information. Part 2 studies the role of the gene as a unit of inheritance. And Part 3 explores some of the areas of research that are responsible for the high profile that genetics has in our modern world, from agriculture and industry to medicine and forensics, and the ethical challenges that genetic knowledge imparts.

    Introduction to Genetics is available for purchase as an e-book in its entirety or as individual chapters, and as a 1-year or 6-month rental.


      • Explains molecular mechanisms first then the concepts of transmission genetics
      • 18 Research Briefings explain important experiments
      • Over 500 end of chapter questions to help students grasp genetics concepts and assimilate information
  • Contents

    1. The Scope of Modern Genetics

    2. DNA
    3. Genes
    4. Transcription of DNA to RNA
    5. Types of RNA Molecule: Messenger RNA
    6. Types of RNA Molecule: Noncoding RNA
    7. The Genetic Code
    8. Protein Synthesis
    9. Control of Gene Expression

    10. DNA Replication
    11. Inheritance of Genes during Eukaryotic Cell Division
    12. Inheritance of Genes in Bacteria
    13. Inheritance of Genes during Virus Infection Cycles
    14. Inheritance of DNA Molecules during Eukaryotic Sexual Reproduction
    15. Inheritance of Genes during Eukaryotic Sexual Reproduction
    16. Mutation and DNA Repair
    17. Inheritance of Genes in Populations

    18. Genes in Differentiation and Development
    19. The Human Genome
    20. Genes and Medicine
    21. DNA in Forensics and Studies of Human History
    22. Genes in Industry and Agriculture
    23. The Ethical Issues Raised by Modern Genetics

  • Instructor Resources

    Instructor Resources

    For the following resources, verified instructors can visit the resource page for Introduction to Genetics.

    The Art of Introduction to Genetics
    The images from the book are available in two convenient formats: PowerPoint and JPEG. Figures are searchable by figure number, figure name, or by keywords used in the figure legend from the book.

    Animations and Videos
    The animations and videos that are available to students are also available on the Instructor Resources area in two formats, WMV and QuickTime.

    Instructor's Lecture Outlines
    The section headings, concept headings, and figures from the text have been integrated into PowerPoint presentations.

    Question Bank
    Written by Sheryl L. Fuller-Espie, it contains over 400 multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, true-false, and written-answer questions that can be used for creating tests, quizzes, or questions for personal response systems (clickers). The Question Bank is available in MS Word format and pre-loaded into Diploma generator software, which is fully compatible with the major course management systems. Questions can be scrambled, edited, and new questions can be added.

  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    For the following resources, students can visit the resource page for Introduction to Genetics.

    Animations and Videos
    Animations and videos have been created to dynamically illustrate important concepts from the book, and make many of the more difficult topics accessible.

    Each chapter contains a multiple-choice quiz, written by Sheryl L. Fuller-Espie, Cabrini College, USA.

    Each chapter contains a set of flashcards that allow students to review key terms from the text.

    Self-Study Questions and Discussion Topics
    Answers to - or hints on how to answer - self-study questions and discussion topics are given at the end of each chapter.

    The complete glossary from the book is available on the website and can be searched and browsed as a whole or by chapter.

  • E-book and Custom Pub

    E-book and Custom Publishing


    The VitalBook e-book is available for purchase in its entirety or by chapter, or to rent for 1 year or 180 days, in the US and Canada from VitalSource.
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    The Inkling media-integrated e-book contains figures optimized for digital display, animations and videos, quizzes and assessments, and glossary definitions available with the tap of a finger or the click of a mouse.
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    Purchase in the Rest of World

    Garland Science Custom Publishing gives educators the ability to create their own course materials for use in the classroom-in e-book and/or print format. Faculty have complete control over what is added and may add chapters from Garland Science textbooks, web articles and blog postings, and self-authors content in PDF or Word format. Our site provides real-time copyright clearance, the ability to see a running total price as you build your book, and a cost savings for students.

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  • Downloads

    Samples & Downloads

    Download the Detailed Table of Contents from the book.

    Click on any of the links below to download a printable PDF of a sample chapter.

    Chapter 2: DNA

    Click here to download a first day of class PowerPoint slide with pricing and ordering information.