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Genetics. 6th Edition International Student Version

  • ID: 2239511
  • Book
  • December 2011
  • Region: Global
  • 784 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Principles of Genetics, 6e balances key content and problem solving so that students can apply what they are reading to help solve related problems. Instructors and students can feel confident that they have the following in–text tools and supplements they need to succeed in the genetics course:

In–Text tools

  • Test Your Problem–Solving Skills feature shows students how to approach and solve a key problem. In addition, a Solve It icon prompts students to go online to work with animated tutorials. Practice problems for all question types are found at the end of each chapter.
  • The Focus On boxes (one per chapter) have been revised to include the most current developments in genetics as well as the most relevant topics to students.
  • A streamlined topical coverage, vetted by a panel of genetics instructors, makes for a text that is manageable in size. This textbook will provide instructors and students with in–depth explanations of key topics frequently covered in a one–semester course.

On–Line Tools

  • Animated solutions to the Solve It prompts in the text utilize Camastia Studio software, a registered trademark of TechSmith Corporation. There tutorials provide step–by–step solutions that appear as if they are written out by hand as an instructor voice–over explains each step.
  • GO Problem tutorials help students build confidence as they observe a problem being worked out and then attempt to solve a similar problem on their own.
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Chapter 1 The Science Of Genetics.

The Personal Genome.

An Invitation.

Three Great Milestones In Genetics.

DNA As The Genetic Material.

Genetics And Evolution.

Levels Of Genetic Analysis.

Genetics In The World: Applications Of Genetics To Human Endeavors.

Chapter 2. Cellular Reproduction.

Cells And Chromosomes.



Life Cycles Of Some Model Genetic Organisms.

Chapter 3 Mendelism: The Basic Principles Of Inheritance.

Mendel′s Study Of Heredity.

Applications Of Mendel′s Principles.

Testing Genetic Hypotheses.

Mendelian Principles In Human Genetics.

Chapter 4 Extensions Of Mendelism.

Allelic Variation And Gene Function.

Gene Action: From Genotype To Phenotype.

Inbreeding: Another Look At Pedigrees.

Chapter 5 The Chromosomal Basis Of Mendelism.


The Chromosome Theory Of Heredity.

Sex–Linked Genes In Humans.

Sex Chromosomes And Sex Determination.

Dosage Compensation Of X–Linked Genes.

Chapter 6 Variation In Chromosome Number And Structure.

Cytological Techniques.



Rearrangements Of Chromosome Structure.

Chapter 7 Linkage, Crossing Over, And Chromosome Mapping In Eukaryotes.

Chromosome Mapping.

Cytogenetic Mapping.

Linkage Analysis In Humans.

Recombination And Evolution.

Chapter 8 The Genetics Of Bacteria And Their Viruses.

Multi–Drug–Resistant Bacteria: A Ticking Timebomb?

Viruses And Bacteria In Genetics.

The Genetics Of Viruses.

The Genetics Of Bacteria.

Mechanisms Of Genetic Exchange In Bacteria.

The Evolutionary Significance Of Genetic Exchange In Bacteria.

Chapter 9 DNA And The Molecular Structure Of Chromosomes.

Functions Of The Genetic Material.

Proof That Genetic Information Is Stored In DNA.

Proof That RNA Stores The Genetic Information In Some Viruses.

Chromosome Structure In Prokaryotes And Viruses.

Chromosome Structure In Eukaryotes.

Chapter 10 Replication Of DNA And Chromosomes.

Basic Features Of DNA Replication In Vivo.

DNA Replication In Prokaryotes.

Unique Aspects Of Eukaryotic Chromosome Replication.

Chapter 11 Transcription And RNA Processing.

Transfer Of Genetic Information: The Central Dogma.

The Process Of Gene Expression.

Transcription In Prokaryotes.

Transcription And RNA Processing In Eukaryotes.

Interrupted Genes In Eukaryotes: Exons And Introns.

Removal Of Intron Sequences By RNA Splicing.

Chapter 12 Translation and the Genetic Code

Protein Structure

One Gene One Colinear Polypeptide

Protein Synthesis: Translation

The Genetic Code

Codon–tRNA Interactions

Chapter 13 Mutation, DNA Repair, and Recombination

Mutation: Source of the Genetic Variability Required for Evolution

The Molecular Basis of Mutation

Mutation: Basic Features of the Process

Mutation: Phenotypic Effects

Assigning Mutations to Genes by the Complementation Test

Screening Chemicals for Mutagenicity: The Ames Test

DNA Repair Mechanisms

Inherited Human Diseases with Defects in DNA Repair

DNA Recombination Mechanisms

Chapter 14 The Techniques of Molecular Genetics

Basic Techniques Used to Identify, Amplify, and Clone Genes

Construction and Screening of DNA Libraries

The Molecular Analysis of DNA, RNA, and Protein

The Molecular Analysis of Genes and Chromosomes

Chapter 15 Genomics

Genomics: An Overview

Correlated Genetic, Cytological, and Physical Maps of Chromosomes

Map Position–Based Cloning of Genes

The Human Genome Project

RNA and Protein Assays of Genome Function

Comparative Genomics

Chapter 16 Applications of Molecular Genetics

Use of Recombinant DNA Technology to Identify Human Genes and Diagnose Human Diseases

Molecular Diagnosis of Human Diseases

Human Gene Therapy

DNA Profiling

Production of Eukaryotic Proteins in Bacteria

Transgenic Plants and Animals

Reverse Genetics: Dissecting Biological Processes by Inhibiting Gene Expression

Chapter 17 Transposable Genetic Elements

Transposable Elements: An Overview

Transposable Elements in Bacteria

Cut–and–Paste Transposons in Eukaryotes

Retroviruses and Retrotransposons

Transposable Elements in Humans

The Genetic and Evolutionary Significance of Transposable Elements

Chapter 18 Regulation of Gene Expression in Prokaryotes

Constitutive, Inducible, and Repressible Gene Expression

Positive and Negative Control of Gene Expression

Operons: Coordinately Regulated Units of Gene Expression

The Lactose Operon in E. coli: Induction and Catabolite Repression

The Tryptophan Operon in E. coli: Repression and Attenuation

Translational Control of Gene Expression

Posttranslational Regulatory Mechanisms

Chapter 19 Regulation of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes

Ways of Regulating Eukaryotic Gene Expression: An Overview

Induction of Transcriptional Activity by Environmental and Biological Factors

Molecular Control of Transcription in Eukaryotes

Posttranscriptional Regulation of Gene Expression by RNA Interference

Gene Expression and Chromatin Organization

Activation and Inactivation of Whole Chromosomes

Chapter 20 The Genetic Control of Animal Development

A Genetic Perspective on Development

Maternal Gene Activity in Development

Genetic Analysis of Development in Vertebrates

Chapter 21 The Genetic Basis of Cancer

Cancer: A Genetic Disease


Tumor Suppressor Genes

Genetic Pathways to Cancer

Chapter 22 Inheritance of Complex Traits

Complex Traits

Statistics of Quantitative Genetics

Analysis of Quantitative Traits

Correlations Between Relatives

Quantitative Genetics of Human Behavioral Traits

Chapter 23 Population Genetics

The Theory of Allele Frequencies

Natural Selection

Random Genetic Drift

Populations in Genetic Equilibrium

Chapter 24 Evolutionary Genetics

The Emergence of Evolutionary Theory

Genetic Variation in Natural Populations

Molecular Evolution


Human Evolution


Appendix A: The Rules of Probability

Appendix B: Binomial Probabilities

Appendix C: In Situ Hybridization

Appendix D: Evidence for an Unstable Messenger RNA

Appendix E: Evolutionary Rates

Answers to Odd–Numbered Questions and Problems


Photo Credits

Illustration Credits


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D. Peter Snustad is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Davis. He began his faculty career in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at Minnesota in 1965, became a charter member of the new Department of Genetics in 1966, and moved to the Department of Plant Biology in 2000. During his 43 years at Minnesota, he taught courses ranging from general biology to biochemical genetics. His initial research focused on the interactions between bacteriophage T4 and its host,E. coli. In the 1980s, his research switched to the cytoskeleton ofArabidopsis and the glutamine synthetase genes of corn. His honors include the Morse–Amoco and Dagley Memorial teaching awards and election to Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A lifelong love of the Canadian wilderness has kept him in nearby Minnesota.

Michael J. Simmons is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received his B.A. degree in biology from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Simmons has taught a variety of courses, including genetics and population genetics. He has also mentored many students on research projects in his laboratory. Early in his career he received the Morse–Amoco teaching award from the University of Minnesota in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education. Dr. Simmons s research focuses on the genetic significance of transposable elements in the genome of Drosophila melanogaster. He has served on advisory committees at the National Institutes of Health and was a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Genetics for 21 years. One of his favorite activities, figure skating, is especially compatible with the Minnesota climate.

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