Tom Jackson - Genetics in Minutes - Quercus

Genetics in Minutes

By Tom Jackson

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  • £9.99

The fastest way to grasp the basics of genetics and evolution

Genetics in Minutes is your compact and accessible guide to the central concepts of the science of genetics, revealing how our genes shape our bodies and our lives, and how in turn we are beginning to shape them. Covering the basics of DNA, inheritance and evolution in animals, plants and humans alike - from the origins and development of life to the Human Genome and designer babies - this is the fastest, fullest path to understanding genetics.

Contents include Genes, DNA, Natural selection, Darwinism, Stem cell and gene therapies, Evo-devo, Epigenetics, Cloning, Genetic engineering and Artificial life, as well as biology basics such as the Processes of life, Cells, Sex, Classification and Ecology.

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  • ISBN: 9781784296063
  • Publication date: 19 May 2016
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Quercus
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