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Author Kampourakis, Kostas, author.

Title Making sense of genes / Kostas Kampourakis, University of Geneva.

Publication Info. Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.


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Description x, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Contains a glossary.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-294) and index.
Contents Prolegomena : genes, science, and science fiction -- Mendel and the origins of the "gene" concept -- The genes of classical genetics -- The molecularization of genes -- So, what are genes? -- "Genes for" (almost) everything -- Are there "genes for" characters? -- Are there "genes for" diseases? -- So, what do genes do? -- Genes are implicated in the development of characters -- Genes account for variation in characters -- Genomes are more than the sum of genes -- Limitations in the study of genomes -- Concluding remarks : how to think and talk about genes?
Summary 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 misconceptions 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. --Publisher information.
Subject Genes.
Genomes. (OCoLC)fst00940225
Genes. (OCoLC)fst00939991
Genetic Phenomena. (DNLM)D055614
ISBN 9781107128132 (hardback)
1107128137 (hardback)
9781107567498 (paperback)
1107567491 (paperback)
Standard No. 40027281713

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