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Genes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #399)

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In this exploration of the concept of the gene, Jonathan Slack looks at the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and development. Explaining the nature of genetic variation in the human population, how hereditary factors were identified as molecules of DNA, and how certain specific mutations can lead to disease, Slack highlights how DNA variants are used ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 18th 2014)
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Bojan Tunguz
Feb 23, 2015 Bojan Tunguz rated it it was amazing
For as long as humans have been occupied with agriculture and raising of cattle, concern with selecting the best crops and the best farm animals has been an important intellectual topic. However, only with the work of Gregor Mendel in the late nineteenth century have we started to get a better quantitative picture of how heritability really works. Remarkably enough, most of the deep insights that Mendel came up with have survived subsequent major revolutions in our understanding of molecular ...more
Tso William
This dense but comparatively accessible book on genes resolves my question on what genes really are as many books often discuss bases, DNA and chromosomes with genes interspersed, so that it is unclear where genes should belong to.

Slack reserves the answer in the conclusion. Gene is a varied concept and different disciplines have different ideas. One might assume that something as fundamental as genes should be universally understood but that is not the case. A molecular biologist might see gen
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A great addition to the Very Short Introduction series.
Concise, current and the place to start to pursue a deeper knowledge on the subject.
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