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World of genetics
Lerner, K. Lee.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2002]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xii, 826 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm
v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z, Index.


Format :


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QH427 .W67 2002 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
QH427 .W67 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This comprehensive, two-volume reference source focuses on the scientific discoveries being made within the branch of biology that deals with heredity, the mechanisms of hereditary transmission and the variation of inherited characteristics among organisms. World of Genetics encyclopedic approach offers approximately 650 entries In a convenient A-Z format, indexes and cross-reference headings, and is written in easy to understand language.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Featuring simple language geared toward the student, this resource provides information on concepts, theories, and individuals in the field of genetics. It is a part of a series that includes World of Biology(1999) and World of Chemistry(2000). The introduction provides a brief but thorough introduction to the history of genetics. Approximately 800 entries are alphabetically arranged from Adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficiency and Altman, Sidney(American molecular biologist) to Zamecnik, Paul Charles(American physician and geneticist) and Zygote. Articles focus on the impact of genetics on history, ethics, and society. The unsigned articles range in length from a few paragraphs to three pages. Within an article text cross-references are indicated in bold type and each article also concludes with an additional list of cross-references. For the most part the cross-referencing is adequate, although there are a few omissions. For example in the entry for James Watson there is a cross-reference to James Crick, while there is no cross-reference to Watson in the article on Crick. Black-and-white photographs, graphs, and charts are included throughout. The set concludes with a bibliography that includes Web sites, a chronology from prehistory to 2001, and an index. Researchers looking for information on genetic disorders would be better served by referring to the Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders[RBB Mr 1 02]. Also, while students and the general public will appreciate having all of this easy-to-read information in one collection, much of the biographical data is available in other Gale resources including Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists(1995). Unlike the Encyclopedia of Genetics(Salem, 1999), there are no lists of suggested readings at the end of each entry for students who require more information. However, the coverage in the Gale volumes is more extensive, with nearly four times the entries. Recommended for college and high-school libraries, and any public library that has a large science collection. RBB.

Choice Review

The Lerners' encyclopedia of 800 persons, processes, and terms related to genetics emphasizes human genetics. Although entries are unsigned and lack specific references, a roster of advisers appears in the introduction, and an extensive list of sources consulted, including Web sites, is found at the end of the second volume. An appendix adds a historical chronology. Cross-references are inconsistent. Some black-and-white illustrations are stock photos that add little to the content. But these are minor qualms; the editors write for an audience without strong biochemistry backgrounds yet do not talk down to readers. Entries are particularly strong in describing the lives of individual scientists, something not often covered in genetics texts. Recommended for lower-division undergraduates. T. R. Faust Fairfield University