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Concepts of Genetics, 12th edition

  • William S Klug
  • Michael Cummings
  • Charlotte A. Spencer
  • Michael A Palladino
  • Darrell Killian

Published by Pearson (January 16th 2018) - Copyright © 2019

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Teach students core genetics concepts and applications

Concepts of Genetics emphasizes the fundamental ideas of genetics, while exploring modern techniques and applications of genetic analysis. This best-selling text continues to provide understandable explanations of complex, analytical topics and recognizes the importance of teaching students how to become effective problem solvers.


The 12th Edition has been extensively updated to provide comprehensive coverage of important, emerging topics such as CRISPR-Cas and the study of posttranscriptional gene regulation in eukaryotes. An expanded emphasis on ethical considerations that genetics is bringing into everyday life is addressed in Genetics, Ethics, and Society and Case Study features. The accompanying Mastering Genetics online platform is updated with new tutorials and Dynamic Study Modules.


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Table of contents

Part One--Genes, Chromosomes, and Heredity

1 Introduction to Genetics

2 Mitosis and Meiosis

3 Mendelian Genetics

4 Extensions of Mendelian Genetics

5 Chromosome Mapping in Eukaryotes

6 Genetic Analysis and Mapping in Bacteria and Bacteriophages

7 Sex Determination and Sex Chromosomes

8 Chromosome Mutations: Variation in Number and Arrangement

9 Extranuclear Inheritance


Part Two--DNA: Structure, Replication, and Organization

10 DNA Structure and Analysis

11 DNA Replication and Recombination

12 DNA Organization in Chromosomes


Part Three--Gene Expression and Its Regulation

13 The Genetic Code and Transcription

14 Translation and Proteins

15 Gene Mutation, DNA Repair, and Transposition

16 Regulation of Gene Expression in Bacteria

17 Transcriptional Regulation in Eukaryotes

18 Post-transcriptional Regulation in Eukaryotes

19 Epigenetic Regulation in Eukaryotes


Part Four--Genomics

20 Recombinant DNA Technology

21 Genomic Analysis

22 Applications of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology


Part Five--Genetics of Organisms and Populations

23 Developmental Genetics

24 Cancer Genetics

25 Quantitative Genetics and Multifactorial Traits

26 Population and Evolutionary Genetics


Special Topics in Modern Genetics

ST1 CRISPR and Genomic Editing

ST2 DNA Forensics

ST3 Genomics and Precision Medicine

ST4 Genetically Modified Foods

ST5 Gene Therapy

ST6 Advances in Neurogenetics: The Study of Huntington Disease

Appendix A Selected Readings

Appendix B Answers to Selected Problems



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