Focusing on the big picture concepts in genetics, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach makes the connection between relevant topics to help clarify genetics overall for the introductory learner.
Benjamin Pierce received a B.S. in Biology from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Ben is currently Professor of Biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair at Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. He is a population geneticist who conducts ecological and evolutionary research on amphibians. Ben has authored a number of articles in research journals and several books, including: The Family Genetics Sourcebook, a guide to genetics for the layperson; Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, a general genetics textbook; Genetics Essentials: Concepts and Connections, a brief genetics textbook; and Transmission and Population Genetics: A Short Course, a textbook for courses in transmission and population genetics. Ben is a member of the steering committee of the 21st Century Science Coalition, a group of scientists who support strong science standards for Texas public schools. He is the President of the Texas Academy of Science, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, and is a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science. He currently serves on the editorial board of Bioscience. He has received research and teaching grants from the Natural Science Foundation, the W. M. Keck Foundation, the 3M Foundation, the National Park Service, the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, and the National Geographic Society.
1. Introduction to Genetics 2. Chromosomes and Cellular Reproduction 3. Basic Principles of Heredity 4. Sex Determination and Sex-Linked Characteristics 5. Extensions and Modifications of Basic Principles 6. Pedigree Analysis, Applications, and Genetic Testing 7. Linkage, Recombination, and Eukaryotic Gene Mapping 8. Chromosome Variation 9. Bacterial and Viral Genetic Systems 10. DNA: The Chemical Nature of the Gene 11. Chromosome Structure and Organelle DNA 12. DNA Replication and Recombination 13. Transcription 14. RNA Molecules and RNA Processing 15. The Genetic Code and Translation 16. Control of Gene Expression in Prokaryotes 17. Control of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes 18. Gene Mutations and DNA Repair 19. Molecular Genetic Analysis and Biotechnology 20. Genomics and Proteomics 21. Epigenetics 22. Developmental Genetics and Immunogenetics 23. Cancer Genetics 24. Quantitative Genetics 25. Population Genetics 26. Evolutionary Genetics Reference Guide to Model Genetic Organisms