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Introducing Geneticstakes readers on a journey through this new science to the discovery of DNA and the heart of the human gene map. In everyday life, many of us increasingly have to make moral decisions where genetics plays a part. This book gives us the information to do so.

Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 16th 2001 by Totem Books (first published March 16th 1990)
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Hannah Givens
Sort of like a streamlined textbook, with lots of comical illustrations and a basic text. I was expecting the graphics to be more related to the material, and instead they're mostly just illustrations (pictures of the scientists involved, people making puns based on the content, etc.). Still, it's a good intro or review.
Cris Rodríguez
«La humanidad lleva en su interior la semilla de su destrucción.»

No es un libro que aporte mucho sobre genética: se trata de una revisión superficial de los principales acontecimientos de su historia; no entra en los aspectos técnicos del asunto. Además, la mayoría de las páginas están acompañadas de un ¿humor facilón? (por llamarlo de alguna forma -lo que menos causa es gracia-) y cae en estereotipos y tópicos: «Rosalind Franklin no descubrió la estructura final del ADN. A fin de cuentas, ¡no e
Kayson Fakhar
Oct 19, 2014 Kayson Fakhar rated it really liked it
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Jun 05, 2008 Isaac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good introduction to the subject, and takes care to highlight dangerous ideological distortions of the past like racism and eugenics. To be sure, this is the most political field of scientific inquiry. Besides nephology, of course.
Florence Lyon
Jan 24, 2016 Florence Lyon rated it it was ok
I had to use the 100 page rule with this book.

I thought the illustrations would be helpful for me to understand the concept, the science behind genetics. Some of them were just silly but I guess that's okay for the entertainment factor. Although the authors made efforts to provide a history, a progression of discoveries leading up to modern day knowledge, (up to 1993) I found it confusing. I think I'd rather just have a current publication stating what is known and proven now, and illustrated w
Chris Gager
Nov 14, 2011 Chris Gager rated it liked it
Picked this book to represent a summer school course entitled "Genetics" I took at CU. About as confounding as the Logic course I took at Metro State. The only test I ever flunked in college was the mid-term. I think most everybody did. Got an A on the final but only a C for the course. One of only two I got between Metro St. and CU. Date is approximate.
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Nov 17, 2011 Icon Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genetics is the newest of all sciences - nothing useful was known about inheritance until just over a century ago. Now genetics is exploding, and before long we will have the complete code, written in three thousand million letters of DNA, of what makes a human being
Kim Sasso
Dec 28, 2013 Kim Sasso rated it really liked it
It will probably take a third reading but I am determined to understand this stuff! Where are my ASC science major friends when I need them?
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
hmmmm. pretty technical for beginners. also kind of mute on the ethical issues--saved for the last couple of pages. also, disturbed at the use of animals for genetics ends. otherwise, a nice intro to genetics and a good flow. otherwise, meh.
Apr 18, 2009 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I bought and read this book in Ireland! I wanted it because I was taking Genetics as a summer course at Pitt when I returned to the US. Time flies....
Oct 29, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good high level over view of genetics. Very engaging and written in the style of a graphic novel.
Dua'a Behbehani
Jan 21, 2013 Dua'a Behbehani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the illustrations and the book was a quick, interesting read.
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Ah. Comic Books.
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John Stephen Jones is a Welsh geneticist and from 1995 to 1999 and 2008 to June 2010 was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His studies are conducted in the Galton Laboratory. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the subject of
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