Table of Contents

Front Matter.
The Lowdown on Genetics: Just the Basics. What Genetics is and Why You Need to Know Some.
Basic Cell Biology.
Visualize Peas: Discovering the Laws of Inheritance.
Law Enforcement: Mendel's Laws Applied to Complex Traits.
Differences Matter: The Genetics of Sex.
DNA: The Genetic Material. DNA: The Basis of Life.
Replication: Copying Your DNA.
Sequencing Your DNA.
RNA: DNA's Close Cousin.
Translating the Genetic Code.
Gene Expression: What a Cute Pair of Genes.
Genetics and Your Health. Genetic Counseling.
Mutation and Inherited Diseases: Things You Can't Change.
Taking a Closer Look at the Genetics of Cancer.
Chromosome Disorders: It's All a Numbers Game.
Treating Genetic Disorders with Gene Therapy.
Genetics and Your World. Tracing Human History and the Future of the Planet.
Solving Mysteries Using DNA.
Genetic Makeovers: Fitting New Genes into Plants and Animals.
Cloning: You're One of a Kind.
Giving Ethical Considerations Their Due.
The Part of Tens. Ten Defining Events in Genetics.
Ten Hot Issues in Genetics.
Ten Hard-to-Believe Genetics Stories.
Index. A practical guide that gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals and the most recent discoveries in genetics, in easy-to-understand terms. You'll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes-- and even clone cats!