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In this exploration of the concept of the gene, Jonathan Slack looks at the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and development. Explaining the nature of genetic variation in the human population, how hereditary factors were identified as molecules of DNA, and how certain specific mutations can lead to disease, Slack highlights how DNA variants are used to trace human ancestry and migration, and can also used by forensic scientists to identify individuals in crime. He also explores issues such as the role of genetic heritability and IQ as well as the changes that occur in the genes of populations during evolution. An ideal guide for anyone curious about what genes are and how genetics can be put to use, this Very Short Introduction demonstrates the ways in which the gene concept has been understood and used by molecular biologists, population biologists, and social scientists around the world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Table of Contents

Preface ; 1. Genes before 1944 ; 2. Genes as DNA ; 3. Mutations and gene variants ; 4. Genes as markers ; 5. Genes of small effect ; 6. Genes in evolution ; Conclusion: the varied concepts of the gene ; Further reading ; Index

About the Author

Professor Jonathan Slack is an emeritus professor at the University of Bath, UK, and the University of Minnesota, USA. He has published widely on genes in development, and has written five academic books. He is currently an editor of the Biochemical Journal and of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews in Developmental Biology. He is the author of Genes: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2014) and Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012).

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"The major value of the book is that it juxtaposes historical, molecular, cellular, organismal, evolutionary, and behavioral domains in one volume..." --CHOICE

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