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Dealing with Genes: The Language of Heredity

Paul Berg Stanford University
Maxine Singer Carnegie Institution of Washington
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Written by two world-renowned researchers in molecular biology and illustrated with clarity and precision, this beautifully produced book serves as a text for students taking non-major courses in biology, genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology.

ISBN 978-1-891389-58-0
ISBN 978-1-891389-98-6
Published date: 1992
269 pages, soft bound

Summary

Written by two world-renowned researchers in molecular biology and illustrated with clarity and precision, this beautifully produced book serves as a text for students taking non-major courses in biology, genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology. It is also ideal as a primer for self-study by the interested lay person. Four color insert.

Table of Contents

1. Genes Revealed
2. Molecules Convey Information
3. Translating Genes into Traits
4. Learning to Deal with Genes
5. Cloning Genes
6. Genes Are More Interesting Than We Thought
7. The Anatomy of Genomes
8. Some Genes Move Around
9. Genes Drive and Record Evolution
10. Viruses and Cancer
11. Understanding Biological Systems
12. Manipulating Biological Systems
Epilogue
Index

Reviews

“A brilliantly clarifying experience that lights up the whole revolution in contemporary biology.”
-Robert McAdams, Smithsonian Institution

“Paul Berg and Maxine Singer have admirably described these complex ideas in clear prose accompanied by beautiful illustrations. If you want to keep up with the goings-on in your own cells, this is the book to read!”
-Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach

“Even those with little science background can follow these early chapters and enjoy the payoff that comes next: a simple and concise description of recombinant DNA techniques, viruses, cancer, embryology, immunology, and genomic evolution.”
-Science Books & Films

 

Paul Berg Stanford University

Paul Berg is Willson Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980, and received the National Medal of Science in 1983.

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Maxine Singer Carnegie Institution of Washington

Maxine Singer is the President of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Scientist Emeritus at the NIH where she conducts research on transposable elements in the human genome. She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine, and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1992.

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