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Genetics Demystified

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"Genetics Demystified" offers an up-to-date, highly readable explanation of the basic principles of genetics, covering key topics such as human genetics, DNA, heredity, mutations, traits, chromosomes, and much more. This self-teaching guide comes complete with key points, background informat
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing (first published July 31st 2005)
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Zack Reagin
This was a good introduction to the field of genetics. A lot of the material covered by this book should be familiar to anyone who has taken a biology class. I would suggest that anyone who uses this book keeps a computer handy, as sometimes the explanations in the book can be unclear. Also, some of the processes are far more easy to understand when viewing a computer simulation, of which there are many available online.

There were also a number of errors in the book which readers should know abo
Caleb Powers
Very informative and good work of literature, and helpful if you want to teach yourself more about genetics. The basics are pretty well covered in the volume, and most of it is easy enough to understand. Unfortunately, it suffers from most mainstream science books' follies--it automatically assumes that Darwinian evolution is a fact, and then contradicts itself by asserting Louis Pasteur's findings that spontaneous generation does not occur. You can't have it both ways, Mr. Willett--either life ...more
Kelsey Wood Bezaire
Be careful! The errors aren't just simple typos- for example, turn to page 7 and you'll see obvious errors with Punett Squares. (T+s=TT? You've got to be joking!) The quizzes are helpful trivia, but it doesn't test you on the real meat that was covered in the chapter.
However, this book is worth some praise for its easy-to-read format and visual aids.
The errors are frustrating, but otherwise I'm enjoying the book. It provides a broad foundation that can be helpful for those entering a high school
Pretty decent college-level primer to the field of genetics. Through no fault of its own, it lost a point for being out of date. Six years is a long time in this field. I got the book to better understand DNA tests done for genealogy and health. It covers that some but not to the extent I wanted. It also talks about genetic engineering, giving how-to details, as well as bacterial and viral reproduction.
Now... How do you rate a nonfiction book? Well, it was an interesting read for someone who isn't a profound geneticist. Did it demystify genetics for me? Well, the cancer part. I am certainly intrigued.
Good basic guide that gives you an overview of genetics. There are many errors in the book though.
Densely packed with information and not an easy read.
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Edward Willett is an award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction for both children and adults.

Born in Silver City, New Mexico, Willett lived in Bayard, New Mexico and Lubbock and Tulia, Texas, before moving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan with his family when he was eight years old.

He studied journalism at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, then returned to Weyburn as a reporter
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