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An A to Z of DNA science : what scientists mean when they talk about genes and genomes
Witherly, Jeffre L.
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Cold Spring Harbor, NY : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, [2001]

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ix, 125 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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QH427 .W58 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Medical science constantly demands our attention, as patients or relatives, concerned citizens, voters, investors, or simply curious individuals. But for those without training, the language of science is often hard to follow. The A to Z of DNA Science book series defines and illustrates specialized terms in ways that non-specialists can appreciate and enjoy. This volume focuses on the language of genes, genomes, DNA, biotechnology, and heredity, defining, explaining, and illustrating over 200 terms used in books, broadcasting, websites, and newspaper and magazine articles.

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Most people have heard of the strides made in genetics in the last few years, especially the mapping of the human genome. This alphabetically organized glossary of terms is a welcome aid for nonscientists trying to understand the complicated language of genetics. Compared to Mark L. Steinberg's excellent The Facts on File Dictionary of Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering (new ed., CH, Jun'01), this book focuses specifically on genetics and has more illustrations. The book's authority may not be questioned: coauthor Perry is deputy director of the Office of Science Education at the National Institutes of Health's National Genome Research Institute. The "Related Terms" segment at the end of most entries provides useful cross-references. A general knowledge of biology and some understanding of medical terms are required to make this glossary useful; it will be difficult for those who might benefit from the information but lack background and vocabulary. An index of terms and a list of diagrams and illustrations would have been helpful. These minor shortcomings aside, this valuable and functional book is highly recommended for educated general readers and high school, lower- and upper-division undergraduate, and public libraries as well as consumer health collections. L. M. McMain Sam Houston State University