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Genetics Essentials Concepts and Connections



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W. H. Freeman
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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 8/27/2012.
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Genetics Essentials: Concepts and Connections is the ideal brief text for helping students uncover the major concepts of genetics. Developed from Benjamin Pierce’s acclaimed Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, this “essentials” text covers basic transmission, molecular, and population genetics in 18 streamlined, clearly illustrated chapters that emphasize the connections among key genetics ideas and the importance of developing solid problem-solving skills.

Author Biography

Benjamin Pierce received a B.S. in Biology from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Ben is currently Professor of Biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair at Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. He is a population geneticist who conducts ecological and evolutionary research on amphibians. Ben has authored a number of articles in research journals and several books, including: The Family Genetics Sourcebook, a guide to genetics for the layperson; Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, a general genetics textbook; Genetics Essentials: Concepts and Connections, a brief genetics textbook; and Transmission and Population Genetics: A Short Course, a textbook for courses in transmission and population genetics.

Ben is a member of the steering committee of the 21st Century Science Coalition, a group of scientists who support strong science standards for Texas public schools. He is the President of the Texas Academy of Science, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, and is a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science. He currently serves on the editorial board of Bioscience. He has received research and teaching grants from the Natural Science Foundation, the W. M. Keck Foundation, the 3M Foundation, the National Park Service, the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, and the National Geographic Society.

Ben is married and has two children. In his free time, he enjoys camping, canoeing, fly fishing, and hiking with his Labrador retriever Molly.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Genetics
Chapter 2: Chromosomes and Cellular Respirations
Chapter 3: Basic Principles of Heredity
Chapter 4: Extensions and Modifications of Basic Principles
Chapter 5: Linkage, Recombination, and Eukaryotic Gene Mapping
Chapter 6: Chromosome Variation
Chapter 7: Bacterial and Viral Genetic Systems
Chapter 8: DNA: The Chemical Nature of the Gene
Chapter 9: DNA Replication and Recombination
Chapter 10: From DNA to Proteins: Transcription and RNA Processing
Chapter 11: From DNA to Proteins: Translation
Chapter 12: Control of Gene Expression
Chapter 13: Gene Mutations, Transposable Elements, and DNA Repair
Chapter 14: Molecular Genetic Analysis and Biotechnology
Chapter 15: Genomics and Proteomics
Chapter 16: Cancer Genetics
Chapter 17: Quantitative Genetics
Chapter 18: Population and Evolutionary Genetics

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