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Cartoon Guide to Genetics (Cartoon Guides)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  625 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Have you ever asked yourself:

Are spliced genes the same as mended Levis?

Watson and Crick? Aren't they a team of British detectives?

Plant sex? Can they do that?

Is Genetic Mutation the name of one of those heavy metal bands?

Asparagine? Which of the four food groups is that in?

Then you need The Cartoon Guide to Genetics to explain the important concepts of classical and moder
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 14th 1991 by Collins Reference (first published 1983)
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Feb 01, 2013 Katra rated it really liked it
I've always wanted to have a grasp of genetics but was frankly afraid to poke my nose in the intimidating books on the subject. The cartoon approach was inviting and amazingly packed with a great deal of information. I'm certainly not ready to start splicing genes at this point, but the fact that I now know basically what that entails gives me a great deal of satisfaction. I would definitely recommend this book as an introduction to the subject.
Aleisha Z Coleman
Nov 09, 2009 Aleisha Z Coleman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: geeks of genetics
Recommended to Aleisha Z by: abcte board
this was a bit better than the the cartoon guide to chemistry. maybe i know more about it so that it makes it so, but it was definitely less formula driven. a good review for me in some areas, enough knowledge of key experiments and people and concepts to take a test to certify in Biology. I hope.
Vera Maharani
Dec 02, 2013 Vera Maharani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-IBO students, every beginner who wants to understand genetic
Recommended to Vera by: My father
This is awesome.

Ever think biology sucks? And genetics...what the hell is that?

I find this book funny and helps me a lot to learn genetics. Yes, the 'simpler' one like Mendellian genetics to the 'more complicated' one like molecular genetics! I first read it back in junior high and I could understand it well, even back then. Every so-called 'hard' subjects should be cartooned!
Nov 12, 2012 Lio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Extra Simplified Introduction to Genetics For Specialists and non-specialists, I recommend It For Every one :).
Pietro Poggi-Corradini
Aug 15, 2015 Pietro Poggi-Corradini rated it really liked it
Learned a lot, but I'm afraid it won't stick. I will likely have to return to it again in the future.
Ali Gharib
تعلم الوراثة بالرسوم
من اروع الكتب التي قرأتها حتى الآن سواء بسبب محتواه العلمي الغزير
او محتواه الرسومي الممتع والمسلي
المساعد على تبسيط الفكرة
وايصالها بطرح مختلفة عن المألوف
عن طريق تحويل الفكرة العلمية الى نكته نثير الضحك تبقى راسخة في الذهن للأبد
الكتاب يتحدث عن علم الوراثة منذ ان تشئ والتطورات التي مر بها حتى وصل الى الشكل النهائي الذي نراه اليوم
بداية من
كيفية تصور القدماء لعملية التكاثر والانجاب
عن طريق التناسل التلقائي و تدخل الارواح
من ثم اختراع لمجهر من قبل ليفنهوك التي اكتشف عن طريقه
Tomi Pakei
Aug 30, 2013 Tomi Pakei rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-science, 2-ĎĿ
Lagi: bukan untuk awam
Percakapan antara dua bunga ibu dan anak:
"Gadisku, mari ibu ceritakan tentang burung-burung dan manusia.."

"Saya sudah tahu itu sejak di selokan, Bu."
Ini mungkin ada faktor penterjemahan, tetapi humor Gonick memang payah. Maksudnya jelas agar membacanya lebih santai, tapi buku ini kadang seperti terlalu ngotot untuk melawak (joke tentang pengantar susu ysng di tahun 80-an saja rasanya sudah mulai usang, entah berapa kali nongol di sini).

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Jun 26, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Rare is the book by Larry Gonick that does not deserve the highest of praise. He can take the most convoluted of subjects, and through the power of his simple, yet emotive sketches, explain technical subjects with more clarity than the best university professor.

The Cartoon Guide to Genetics is very much out of date, these days, but it is still an excellent primer on the state of knowledge about genetics up to and including the 1980's. Gonick explores the early ideas of dominant and recessive gen
Andrew Lenards
Jul 27, 2009 Andrew Lenards rated it it was amazing
So the project I work on is related, currently, to phylogeny (or how things are related). These relationships are built with molecular data, genes. Gonick & Wheelis create a beautiful guided conversation on the topic of genetics. They bring you from the most early understanding of the world to the current meddling of genetic engineering and transgenic manipulation. This book has given me the proper foundation needed to grok what is available on wikipedia and other sources. Hokey, campy, or g ...more
Ginan Aulia Rahman
Buku ini kocak! Menceritakan sejarah perkembangan ilmu genetika. Orang dulu belum bisa membedakan benda hidup dan benda mati, bahkan mereka mengira batu bisa bereproduksi! hahaha. Batu yang besar jika dibenturkan ke batu yang lain maka akan membuat pecahan batu-batu kecil, nah batu itu jadi bertambah banyak, mereka kira itu adalah reproduksi! kocak banget kan?

Lalu pengetahuan manusia berkembang soal genetika hingga sampai pada teori kacang polong Mendel dan ditemukannya DNA.

Seru. seru... Saya ci
The author does a great job of clarifying some complex concepts, both through textual explanations and illustrations. Even though I had no problems with the course material, I still found this book useful as a fun, relaxing way of consolidating some of what was learned in class (beats going through the course pack!) For those who find their human biology or intro-level genetics courses challenging, this book is a painless primer that will make it easier to follow the course material.
Mar 09, 2014 Chris added it
A classic. No need to read The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science. Just read the whole Gonick series. (See also The Cartoon Guide to Physics, etc.)
Gracia Aiia
Nov 20, 2013 Gracia Aiia rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a bday gift from my beloved friend in my senior year. She knew how I loved genetics. Needless to say that I fell in love at the first read :)
this book is the collaboration of Larry Gonick and Mark Wheelis. It is very well-illustrated. You'll grasp the basics of Genetics in no time. This book never bores me.
No better than Mark Schultz's The Stuff of Life. Reads like a textbook, but completely illustrated (and, the illustrations are obviously cartoons so they're slightly more attention-holding than those of a textbook).
Mar 26, 2012 Shreyas rated it really liked it
An excellent intro to the field and it manages to get pretty deep for a beginners guide, while keeping the reader engaged. Some of the material is a little dated at this point - would be neat to see an updated version that talks about genomics and bioinformatics.
Oct 04, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Ever find a book that explains something so simply that you can't help but understand? This book was that for me. I put the book down understanding phenotypes and genotypes in a way I never had before. Besides that, the graphics are A LOT of fun.
May 13, 2014 Abigail rated it really liked it
a witty and easily understood look at genetics. however, since it's older than i am (copyright 1983), if i ever use it to teach, i'm going to have to update it a little -- maybe post-it notes with my own little drawings?
Derek Bridge
Aug 19, 2012 Derek Bridge rated it really liked it
I bought this on the back of enjoying The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry and a strong recommendation from someone highly knowledgeable in genetics. It did not disappoint. Its explanations are remarkably clear, especially considering how deep they go.
Kirstin DeGeer
Aug 29, 2007 Kirstin DeGeer rated it really liked it
If you've been through Bio 101 and actually understood the the section on genetics, then this book is a review. Otherwise, it's a cute introduction to a difficult subject.
Johan C
Jan 27, 2016 Johan C rated it really liked it
Great introduction to the basic components and principles of genetics. I've been looking for a book like this for quite a while.
Nov 02, 2008 Henrikhus rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
Gw baca ini buku udah dua kali tapi baru ngerti dikit kayaknya perlu diulang2 baru fully understood.
Buku ini menjelaskan seluk-beluk genetika, mulai dari pewarisan sifat Mendel sampai biologi molekuler.
Aug 17, 2016 Imran added it
Though you would like to have some biology background, but nevertheless whole book is fun and informative, and very inspiring.
Ms Joe
Feb 17, 2010 Ms Joe rated it it was amazing
Wanna know more about genetic in comic??? u can find it out in this book.. Interesting, funny, and easy to understand..
Nov 28, 2010 Chad rated it liked it
As cringe-inducing as the attempted humor was to me, it was easily forgiven when I realized I was actually learning things in spite of it.
Jun 29, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biology
Absolutely loved it- It's funny and educational at the same time! It helped me refresh the main concepts in genetics that I had studied in high school.
Frank rated it liked it
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Larry Gonick (born 1946) is a cartoonist best known for The Cartoon History of the Universe, a history of the world in comic book form, which he has been publishing in installments since 1977. He has also written The Cartoon History of the United States, and he has adapted the format for a series of co-written guidebooks on other subjects, beginning with The Cartoon Guide to Genetics in 1983. The ...more
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