What are genes what do they say about us genes a very short introduction explores the concept of the gene and 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 it highlights . 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. Genes a very short introduction jonathan slack very short introductions explains the background to the first concept of the gene looks at the nature of genetic variation in human populations. 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 oup2012. Very short introductions vsi are a book series published by the oxford university press oup the books are concise introductions to particular subjects intended for a general audience but written by experts most are under 200 pages long
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