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HUMAN HEREDITY engages non-Biology majors with concepts and examples that they can apply to themselves, their families, and their work environment. Author Michael Cummings uses clear, concise language to explain the origin, nature, and amount of genetic diversity present in the human population and how that diversity has been shaped by natural selection. The artwork and accompanying digital resources support visual learners by teaching rather than merely illustrating the ideas under discussion. Examining the social, cultural, and ethical implications associated with the use of genetic technology, Cummings prepares students to become well-informed consumers of genetic-based health care services or providers of health care services. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Michael Cummings, Illinois Institute of Technology

Michael Cummings is the author and coauthor of a number of widely used college textbooks, including BIOLOGY: SCIENCE AND LIFE; CONCEPTS OF GENETICS; GENETICS: A MOLECULAR PERSPECTIVE; ESSENTIALS OF GENETICS; HUMAN HEREDITY; and HUMAN GENETICS AND SOCIETY. He has also written articles on aspects of genetics for the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and has published a newsletter on advances in human genetics for instructors and students. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. His doctoral work, conducted in the laboratory of Dr. R.C. King, centered on ovarian development in Drosophila melanogaster. After a year on the faculty at Northwestern, he moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago, where for many years he held teaching and research positions. In 2003, he joined the faculty in the Department of Biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and currently holds the title of Research Professor. His current research interests involve the organization of DNA sequences in the short-arm and centromere region of human chromosome 21. He is engaged in a collaborative effort to construct a physical map of this region of chromosome 21 for the purpose of exploring molecular mechanisms of chromosome interactions. At the undergraduate level, he has focused on teaching genetics, human genetics for non-majors, and general biology to majors and non-majors. He has received awards given by the university faculty for outstanding teaching, has twice been voted by graduating seniors as the best teacher in their years on campus, and has received several teaching awards from student organizations.
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  • NEW! New case studies demonstrate the relevance of human heredity to students. These include new case studies in Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, and 13.
  • NEW! Chapter 11, Genome Alterations: Mutation and Epigenetics, has been revised extensively and includes a new section, Epigenetic Changes Involves Alterations to the Genome.
  • "Exploring Genetics" boxes and highlight applications of concepts, present the latest findings, and point out controversial ideas without interrupting the flow of the text.
  • "The Genetic Revolution" sections emphasize the past, present, and future impact of genetic technology on the daily lives of people, from genetic testing at birth to the future of cancer therapy.
  • "Genetics in Practice" case studies at the end of the chapter are tied to the chapter introduction and illustrate the impact of genetics in society.
  • Relevant chapter opening case studies motivate the study of the chapter and encourage students to think seriously about genetic issues and concerns.
  • The accessible writing style presents complex topics and important concepts with great clarity and precise logic. The on-page running glossary provides immediate support with key definitions.
1. A Perspective on Human Genetics.
2. Cells and Cell Division.
3. Transmission of Genes from Generation to Generation.
4. Pedigree Analysis in Human Genetics.
5. The Inheritance of Complex Traits.
6. Cytogenetics: Karyotypes and Chromosome Aberrations.
7. Development and Sex Determination.
8. The Structure, Replication, and Chromosomal Organization of DNA.
9. Gene Expression and Gene Regulation.
10. From Proteins to Phenotypes.
11. Genome Alterations: Mutation and Epigenetics.
12. Genes and Cancer.
13. An Introduction to Genetic Technology.
14. Biotechnology and Society.
15. Genomes and Genomics.
16. Reproductive Technology, Genetic Testing, and Gene Therapy.
17. Genes and the Immune System.
18. Genetics of Behavior.
19. Population Genetics and Human Evolution.
Appendix: Answers to Selected Questions and Problems.
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