New Features Accurate and updated: Cutting-edge scientific coverage is incorporated throughout the book. Dr. Lewis' experience as a scientific journalist enables her to keep current with breaking topics in genetics, giving students the most up-to-date human genetics text on the market. Updates to this edition include:
Genetic tests, from preconception to old age
Disease-in-a-dish stem cell technology
From Mendel to molecules: family exome analysis
Allelic diseases: one gene, more than one disease
Admixture of archaic and modern humans
Gene silencing and genome editing
Cancer genomes guide treatment
The reemergence of gene therapy
Personal genome sequencing: promises and limitations
Clear human focus: Compelling, human interest examples from the author's extensive experience as a genetic counselor and hospice volunteer keep students interested in the narrative through stories about real people dealing with real genetic issues.
Case studies at the beginning of each chapter and Reading boxes provide students with real-life applications of the concepts to be discussed in the chapter.
Individuals tell of their experience with genetic conditions through In Their Own Words essays.
Bioethics: Choices for the Future Boxes, found at the ends of appropriate chapters, encourage students to ask difficult questions of themselves, and to predict how the new science of genetics might impact their lives.
Table of Contents Part 1 Introduction
Chapter 1 What is in a Human Genome?
Chapter 2 Cells
Chapter 3 Meiosis, Development and Aging
Part 2 Transmission Genetics
Chapter 4 Single-Gene Inheritance
Chapter 5 Beyond Mendel's Laws
Chapter 6 Matters of Sex
Chapter 7 Multifactorial Traits
Chapter 8 Genetics of Behavior
Part 3 DNA and Chromosomes
Chapter 9 DNA Structure and Replication
Chapter 10 Gene Action: From DNA to Protein
Chapter 11 Gene Expression and Epigenetics
Chapter 12 Gene Mutation
Chapter 13 Chromosomes
Part 4 Population Genetics
Chapter 14 Constant Allele Frequencies
Chapter 15 Changing Allele Frequencies
Chapter 16 Human Ancestry and Evolution
Part 5 Immunity and Cancer
Chapter 17 Genetics of Immunity
Chapter 18 Cancer Genetics and Genomics
Part 6 Genetic Technology
Chapter 19 Genetic Technologies: Patenting, Modifying, and Monitoring DNA
Chapter 20 Genetic Testing and Treatment
Chapter 21 Reproductive Technologies
Chapter 22 Genomics
Ricki Lewis has built an eclectic career in communicating the excitement of genetics.