“The creepy, the curious, and the commonplace” take centre stage in this new book by Richard Knowles, author of Genetics, Society and Decisions, as he takes readers on a vibrant tour of genetics that links discoveries with their real-world implications.
“People cannot escape from questions and concerns about their everyday experiences,” writes Knowles, and it is these questions that he uses to elucidate concepts such as mutation, meiosis and base-pairing, and also provoke discussion about issues such as the human genome project and forensic DNA profiling.
At the end of each chapter, Knowles has also suggested further reading, giving very interested readers the chance to further their understanding.
The book uses easy language coupled with a thorough glossary, pictures and diagrams to explain complex ideas. It is a book that is easy to pick up and start reading at any page, but can also be thoroughly enjoyed cover to cover. It’s an excellent book for anyone who is after a quick and enjoyable explanation of genetics.