Genetics (Macmillan Science Library) (4 Volume set)

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9780028656069: Genetics (Macmillan Science Library) (4 Volume set)

This title covers the full spectrum of this most important science. Major themes include: Inheritance, from Mendel to the present Genes and chromosomes, with full exploration of how genes work in the cell Genetic diseases, including hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and more than a dozen other common and well-known genetic disorders, plus how genes influence cancer, mental illness, and other complex disorders Biotechnology, with special emphasis on lab techniques now in use in many high school classes, including eletrophoresis, restriction enzymes, and gene cloning Ethical, legal, and social issues, including genetically modified foods and cloning History of genetics, with both biographies and histories of major themes in genetics Careers

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This encyclopedia set, part of the Macmillan Science Library series, is intended for use by middle- and high-school students, college nonspecialists, and beginning researchers. More than 100 contributors are responsible for approximately 250 signed entries from Accelerated aging: Progeria to Zebrafish. Articles range from a few paragraphs to a few pages in length and focus on a variety of topics, including inheritance, genes and chromosomes, genetic diseases, biotechnology, history, careers, and the ethical, legal, and social issues associated with genetically modified foods and cloning. The entries appear in alphabetical order and include cross-references to related entries. Most have a list of suggested readings and Internet resources to examine for further information.

Each volume begins with a complete table of contents as well as a "For Your Reference" section that includes a group of diagrams and illustrations to help students visualize the various structures related to DNA and RNA. Words that appear in bold in the text are defined in the page margins and collected in a glossary at the conclusion of each volume. Each volume also includes a topical outline and an index, and volume 4 includes a cumulate index as well.

The attractive layout features a wealth of colorful diagrams and photographs that will appeal to students as well as the casual browser. The clear and well-written articles are informative and should meet the needs of most students. In addition, users will appreciate the thorough indexing and cross-referencing, which make navigation straightforward. Though it has more extensive coverage, World of Genetics [RBB Je 1 & 15 02] lacks suggested readings at the end of each entry and is not as attractively designed. It is aimed at the high-school level and up, while Encyclopedia of Genet ics (Salem, 1999) is designed for use by undergraduates and others with a general understanding of science. Genetics would be a useful resource for middle- and high-school libraries as well as undergraduate and public libraries.

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"This outstanding new encyclopedia of genetics will be welcomed in high school libraries and will also likely find a place in college libraries. It includes a thorough presentation of modern genetics with many appealing features. Each volume includes a volume index (with a comprehensive index in Volume ), an extensive glossary of terms, and a topic outline thqat shows how all the articles can be grouped into broader topics. ... Although this set is probably targeted at advanced high school biology students, articles on subjects such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and breast cancer will make it quite useful for health students, and there is plenty of career information. ... This major publication will be a valuable addition to library resources."
-- "VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocacy)" ( August 2003)

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