Decoding the Language of Genetics

Decoding the Language of Genetics

Book - 2015
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"In this book, the distinguished geneticist David Botstein offers help and advice to scientists and physicians daunted by the arcane technical terms that flourish in his discipline. As knowledge of gene function has progressed over the past century, it has acquired a vocabulary of specialized, sometimes confusing, terms to explain some of its fundamental principles; how traits and diseases are inherited; how genes are organized and regulated in the genome; and how the genetic code is read and translated by cells. These terms often prevent the less expert from fully understanding the concepts that underlie the power of genetic studies. This is not just a theoretical handicap. As more and more individuals learn about their genomes, the information these sequences contain cannot be understood or explained without reference to the basic ideas of genetics. Botstein draws on his long experience as a teacher and pioneering scientist to explain and illuminate what many genetic terms mean and how they entered common usage. To colleagues in the field, his message is one of encouragement, to "make our work more generally accessible by modernizing, clarifying, and simplifying the language we use and teach.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor, New York : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781621820925
1621820920
Characteristics: xiii, 223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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