Offering in-depth yet accessible coverage, Cummings’s HUMAN HEREDITY PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES, Eighth Edition, draws students into the most current research in genetics as it educates them on the latest challenges facing physicians, researchers, and society. Designed for the introductory genetics or heredity course, this concise, well-written, and well-illustrated text combines thorough coverage with a superior supplement and media package that offers a wealth of teaching and learning resources--including the customized learning paths of CengageNOW™. The new eighth edition includes streamlined art, chapter sidebars that address everyday issues, and numerous cases that challenge students to analyze tough decisions. Written by a widely respected genetics authority, HUMAN HEREDITY PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES is known for its clear presentation that introduces complex topics and important concepts with precise logic, yet doesn’t oversimplify. Demonstrating the process of science while focusing on basic genetics concepts, the text equips readers with a working knowledge of heredity without the rigorous scientific/quantitative details. It also appeals to students because it discusses the various genetic services that are now developing, which have strong social relevance and real applications in readers’ other courses--and personal lives. Emphasizing relevant issues, the text equips students with the insight to make informed decisions about their own health and public policy, as well as teaches them how to recognize genetic disorders, their causes, and their patterns of inheritance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael R. Cummings is the author or co-author of a number of widely used college textbooks, including HUMAN HEREDITY: PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES, CONCEPTS OF GENETICS, and ESSENTIALS OF GENETICS. He also has written sections on genetics for the MCGRAW-HILL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY and has published a newsletter on advances in human genetics for instructors and students. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. His doctoral work, conducted in the laboratory of Dr. R.C. King, centered on ovarian development in Drosophila melanogaster. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught for more than 25 years, his research interests involved the role of the short arm/centromere region of human chromosome 21 aberrations. He now teaches at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Cummings’s interest in scientific literacy prompted him to organize a course in human genetics for nonmajors. He still teaches this course at present, in addition to genetics for biology majors and general biology.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. A Perspective on Human Genetics.
2. Cells and Cell Division.
3. Transmission of Genes from Generation to Generation.
4. Pedigree Analysis in Human Genetics.
5. Interaction of Genes and the Environment.
6. Cytogenetics: Karyotypes and Chromosome Aberrations.
7. Development and Sex Determination.
8. DNA Structure and Chromosomal Organization.
9. Gene Expression: From Genes to Proteins.
10. From Proteins to Phenotypes.
11. Mutation: The Source of Genetic Variation.
12. Genes and Cancer.
13. An Introduction to Cloning and Recombinant DNA.
14. Biotechnology and Society.
15. The Human Genome Project and Genomics.
16. Reproductive Technology, Gene Therapy, and Genetic Counseling.
17. Genes and the Immune System.
18. Genes of Behavior.
19. Population Genetics and Human Evolution.
· Student friendly: Clear and concise, appropriate and polished, the author’s accessible writing remains a traditional strength of this book. Complex topics and important concepts are presented with great clarity and precise logic, and yet are not "dumbed down."
· Current research: Cases in the end-of-chapter Genetics in Practice sections investigate issues surrounding human cloning, stem-cell research, genetic counseling, genetic testing and reproductive decisions, gene therapy, and more. Cases are reinforced with activities and links to relevant websites on the book companion website and in CengageNOW™.
· CengageNOW™: This password-protected website integrated with the text provides students with access to diagnostic pre-tests and post-tests for each chapter. It automatically generates customized learning plans for students, directing them to text information and ancillaries that help them master specific concepts.
· Web resources: Marked with a media icon, Active Figures in the text have corresponding narrated animations on the CengageNOW™ site that are included in the customized learning plan along with additional animations and media assets.
· Complex topics: A clear and accessible presentation enables students to understand such difficult concepts as Mendelian inheritance, pedigrees, chromosomes, karyotypes, DNA, and more.
NEW TO THIS EDITION
· NEW! Expanded topic coverage: The eighth edition contains new, expanded, and reorganized material on numerous exciting topics, including the formation of gametes, Mendelian genetics, variations in inheritance and phenotypes, multifactorial traits, pharmacogenetics, ecogenetics, environmental influences on mutation rates, genomic imprinting, cancer, cloning, biopharming, genetically modified foods, genomic sequencing, assisted reproductive technologies (ART), ethical issues, genetics of mood disorders and schizophrenia, and Hardy-Weinberg law.
· NEW! Art: The art in the eighth edition has been streamlined to make it even more clear and consistent. This superior art program includes carefully chosen and well-executed illustrations. The eighth edition includes new figures on spermatogenesis, oogenesis, the branched-line method, dystrophin in muscle, obesity, DNA replication, alkaptonuria, enzyme action, imprinting, skin cancer rates, transgenic plants, genome project timelines, ART older women, PGD steps, gene therapy trials, HIV/AIDS, myelin sheath, DNA microarray, gene expression levels, oligodendrocytes, and allele, genotype frequency. The eighth edition also includes new tables on chi-square analysis, sources and doses of radiation, frequency of X-linked recessive traits, and frequency of ABO alleles in various populations.
· Real-world issues: Included in each chapter, intriguing Genetic Journeys and Genetics in Society sidebars speak to everyday issues. How would you vote? features are included in the text and website, challenging students to look in-depth at controversial issues. Cases in the end-of-chapter Genetics in Practice sections give students further experience grappling with tough topics.
· PowerLecture DVD: This one-stop lecture and class preparation tool enables you to bring together text-specific lecture outlines and art from the text, video and animations from the Web, and your own materials--culminating in a powerful, personalized, media-enhanced presentation.