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Making Sense of Genes

AUTHOR Kampourakis, Kostas
PUBLISHER Cambridge University Press (03/30/2017)
PRODUCT TYPE Paperback (Paperback)

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What are genes? What do genes do? These seemingly simple questions are in fact challenging to answer accurately. As a result, there are widespread misunderstandings and over-simplistic answers, which lead to common conceptions widely portrayed in the media, such as the existence of a gene 'for' a particular characteristic or disease. In reality, the DNA we inherit interacts continuously with the environment and functions differently as we age. What our parents hand down to us is just the beginning of our life story. This comprehensive book analyses and explains the gene concept, combining philosophical, historical, psychological and educational perspectives with current research in genetics and genomics. It summarises what we currently know and do not know about genes and the potential impact of genetics on all our lives. Making Sense of Genes is an accessible but rigorous introduction to contemporary genetics concepts for non-experts, undergraduate students, teachers and healthcare professionals.
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ISBN-13: 9781107567498
ISBN-10: 1107567491
Binding: Paperback or Softback (Trade Paperback (Us))
Content Language: English
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Page Count: 314
Carton Quantity: 24
Product Dimensions: 6.29 x 0.61 x 9.12 inches
Weight: 1.12 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product, Glossary, Illustrated
Country of Origin: US
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BISAC Categories
Science | Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Science | Life Sciences - Biochemistry
Dewey Decimal: 572.86
Library of Congress Control Number: 2016052788
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What are genes? What do genes do? These seemingly simple questions are in fact challenging to answer accurately. As a result, there are widespread misunderstandings and over-simplistic answers, which lead to common conceptions widely portrayed in the media, such as the existence of a gene 'for' a particular characteristic or disease. In reality, the DNA we inherit interacts continuously with the environment and functions differently as we age. What our parents hand down to us is just the beginning of our life story. This comprehensive book analyses and explains the gene concept, combining philosophical, historical, psychological and educational perspectives with current research in genetics and genomics. It summarises what we currently know and do not know about genes and the potential impact of genetics on all our lives. Making Sense of Genes is an accessible but rigorous introduction to contemporary genetics concepts for non-experts, undergraduate students, teachers and healthcare professionals.
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Author: Kampourakis, Kostas
Kostas Kampourakis is a researcher at the University of Geneva, where he is presently working on projects relevant to the teaching and the public understanding of genetics. His main areas of interest are evolution and genetics education, as well as the teaching of science concepts and nature of science in the context of the history and philosophy of science.
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