The Human Genome: A User's Guide

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The Human Genome: A User's Guide provides a concise discussion of contemporary and relevant topics in human genetics. It begins coverage of the fundamental concepts of genetics and heredity, then illustrates these concepts as they relate to the development of human sexual differentiation and sexuality. The book describes the role of the X and Y chromosomes, the role of hormone-controlled differential gene expression in sex determination, and the role of genetics in sexual orientation and sex-role development. The Human Genome discusses the interface between science and society, covering the basic intellectual processes that underlie genetic analysis and gene therapy. It also looks at the use of cloning techniques to search for genes responsible for such human disease states as cystic fibrosis, cancer, AIDS, and mental illness. Written in an inviting and engaging style, The Human Genome meets the interests and answers the questions of today's students.

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"...a wonderful addition to the human genetics landscape." -- TERRY HASSOLD, Case Western Reserve University

"This textbook relates the WOW! aspects of human genetics...It will be a valuable resource for teachers and students who want to, and need to, understand human genetics at a basic level so as to unravel new findings reported in the lay press on a daily basis." -- STEPHANIE SHERMAN, Emory University School of Medicine

"The examples are excellent and the topics covered are just the ones you'd like to see...There is a real need for a text on this topic that goes beyond the very introductory concepts, but is not so advanced as to be unusable outside an advanced genetics course. This book clearly fits that need." -- ROBERT HOLMGREN, Northwestern University

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R. Scott Hawley is Senior Scientist at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Genetics at the University of California at Davis. Before moving to UC Davis in 1991, he was on the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for nine years. His research interests include the etiology of birth defects and the genetics of cancer. He has published more than 50 articles in scientific journals. He has taught human genetics to undergraduates (both non-biology majors and biology majors), graduate students, and medical students. Catherine Mori is an accomplished health education writer. Her previous writing has concentrated on drug- and alcohol-related risks to health and on the treatment and prevention of drug and alcohol addiction. Her interest in human genetics began when she attended Dr. Hawley's Human Genetics course for non-majors at UC Davis. She has worked extensively as a management consultant in the private sector and is currently working at IBM Global Services in Mountain View, California.

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