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  • ISBN: 9780199676507
  • ISBN: 019967650X
  • Physical Description: print
    xiv, 120 pages : illustrations, map ; 18 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: London ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.

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1. Genes before 1944 -- 2. Genes as DNA -- 3. ... Read More
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Explores the discovery, nature, and role of genes ... Read More
Subject: Genes
Genetic Phenomena

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Genes: a Very Short Introduction
Genes: a Very Short Introduction
by Slack, Jonathan
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Genes: a Very Short Introduction

In this exploration of the concept of the gene, Jonathan Slack looks at the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and development. Explaining the nature of genetic variation in the human population, how hereditary factors were identified as molecules of DNA, and how certainspecific mutations can lead to disease, Slack highlights how DNA variants are used to trace human ancestry and migration, and can also used by forensic scientists to identify individuals in crime. He also explores issues such as the role of genetic heritability and IQ as well as the changes thatoccur in the genes of populations during evolution.An ideal guide for anyone curious about what genes are and how genetics can be put to use, this Very Short Introduction demonstrates the ways in which the gene concept has been understood and used by molecular biologists, population biologists, and social scientists around the world.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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