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Genes, Genomes, and Evolution

Philip Meneely, Rachel Dawes Hoang, Iruka N. Okeke, and Katherine Heston

Publication Date - July 2017

ISBN: 9780198795360

740 pages
10.9 x 8.6 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $239.99

Covers the fundamental principles of genetics and molecular biology in both bacteria and eukaryotes from an evolutionary perspective, using data and tools of genome analysis


In the past, introductory biology courses based on evolution tended to give short shrift to molecular biology. Introductory molecular biology and genetics courses tended to ignore evolutionary principles altogether or included them as concluding chapters that were often skipped. Bacteria were usually treated separately from eukaryotes. Using the analysis of genomes as the organizing approach in Genetics: Genes, Genomes, and Evolution provides the opportunity to unite these topics in one narrative.

Genomic analysis is inherently both molecular and evolutionary, and in Genetics: Genes, Genomes, and Evolution, includes this unified perspective in every chapter. Thus, rather than relying on separate chapters on "genome analysis" or "evolutionary principles" and hoping that the student can synthesize them, these ideas are integrated into every topic.


  • This text presents genetics through the lens of genomics and evolution, which reflects the way we think about genetics today
  • The widely praised narrative style makes the important concepts clear and understandable for students
  • A range of learning features provide unrivalled flexibility, allowing the book to be used for different types of genetics courses and to support different approaches to learning
  • Extensive problem sets present realistic problems that encourage students to think in an integrated and analytical way

About the Author(s)

Philip Meneely is Professor of Biology at Haverford College.

Rachel Dawes Hoang is Associate Professor of Biology at Haverford College.

Iruka N. Okeke is Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiolog at University of Ibada.

Katherine Heston is Instructor in Biology at Haverford College.

Table of Contents

    1. Darwin's Finches: Evolution, Genomes, and Genes
    2. The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology
    3. Genome Structure, Organization, and Variation
    4. Descent with Modification: DNA Replication and Mutation
    5. The Inheritance of Single Gene Traits
    6. The Cellular Basis for Mendelian Genetics
    7. X-linked Genes and Sex Chromosomes
    8. The Inheritance of Multiple Genes
    9. The Locations of Genes on Chromosomes: Linkage and Genetic Maps
    10. Human Genetic Mapping, Genome Wide Association Studies, and Complex Traits
    11. Exchange and Evolution
    12. Transcription: Reading and Expressing Genes
    13. Translation: From Nucleic Acids to Amino Acids
    14. Networks of Gene Regulation
    15. Genetic Analysis of Cellular Processes
    16. The Genetics of Populations
    17. Metagenomes: Genome Analysis of Communities

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