Genetics: Macmillan Science Library, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028658906
  • ISBN-13: 9780028658902
  • DDC: 576.03
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 1144 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released April 2004
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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This title covers the full spectrum of this most important science. Major themes include:

  • Inheritance, from Mendel to the present
  • Genes and chromosomes, with full exploration of how genes work in the cell
  • Genetic diseases, including hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and more than a dozen other common and well-known genetic disorders, plus how genes influence cancer, mental illness, and other complex disorders
  • Biotechnology, with special emphasis on lab techniques now in use in many high school classes, including eletrophoresis, restriction enzymes, and gene cloning
  • Ethical, legal, and social issues, including genetically modified foods and cloning
  • History of genetics, with both biographies and histories of major themes in genetics
  • Careers


"This outstanding new encyclopedia of genetics will be welcomed in high school libraries and will also likely find a place in college libraries. It includes a thorough presentation of modern genetics with many appealing features. Each volume includes a volume index (with a comprehensive index in Volume ), an extensive glossary of terms, and a topic outline thqat shows how all the articles can be grouped into broader topics. ... Although this set is probably targeted at advanced high school biology students, articles on subjects such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and breast cancer will make it quite useful for health students, and there is plenty of career information. ... This major publication will be a valuable addition to library resources." -- VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocacy) ( August 2003)


"Gr 9 Up — An attractive, well-organized set. The 250+ signed articles cover the history, pioneers, ethical issue, and up-to-date overviews of the science. Entries range in length from two to five pages and open with a concise definition or explanation; subtopics are clearly defined by headings in bold green print. The text moves from pure science to practical applications in language that will not overwhelm readers new to the field. ... The color photos and dozens of useful diagrams and tables throughout add to the work's accessibility. In a field where change in constant, the currency of this set is valuable, e.g. an article on 'Alzheimer's Disease' notes a February 2002 test. Some of the bibliographies include Web sites, and many cite journals and books published within the past three years. This resource is more accessible for neophytes than World of Genetics (Gale); its illustrative material will be more useful than Encyclopedia of Genetics (Salem Press). A good choice for reports and term papers, especially for students in AP classes." -- School Library Journal (June 2003)

— School Library Journal

"Robinson's brief encyclopedia of genetics is perhaps suitable for public or secondary school libraries, but not for colleges. Most topics are treated at the level of an undemanding, general education biology textbook. The almost total absence of chemistry and arithmetic makes the set useless for science majors, and the overgeneralized presentation will disappoint any intellectually active inquirer. It should not be confused with the many excellent university-level reference works from the same producer. -- Choice (April 2003)

— Choice

"Perhaps because of the rediscovery of earlier experiments on the transmission of traits in garden peas by Gregor Mendel, now considered the father of genetics, the 20th century can be called the genetic century. Interest in DNA, cloning and the human genome have greatly expanded our interests. This volume covers genes and chromosomes; genetic diseases; biotechnology; ethical, legal and social issues; a history of genetics; and careers and biographies of a few famous biologists. Definitions and explanations are called out in the margins. A few, but not many, sidebars offer additional information, while color photographs and charts can be found throughout. One of the more interesting illustrations was the process chart of the cloning of the sheep, Dolly. The 20-page glossary and five-page topic outline are reprinted in each volume, while the cumulative index is in volume four. Your biology teachers will love this reference and should be pleased to have you introduce the set to the classes when genetics is introduced. Recommended." -- Blanche Woolls and David Loertscher's online Reference for Students (April 2003)

— Online

"From Mary Ellen Quinn News and Views column: "Genetics is another in the attractive Macmillan Science Library...series, is particularly appealing to high-school students and the science-challenged adult, and we have recommended all the titles we have received so far."From the review itself: "Articles range from a few paragraphs to a few pages in length and focus on a variety of topics, including inheritance, genes and chromosomes, genetic diseases, biotechnology, history, careers, and the ethical, legal, and social issues associated with genetically modified foods and cloning. ... The attractive layout features a wealth of colorful diagrams and photographs that will appeal to students as well as the casual browser. The clear and well-written articles are informative and should meet the needs of most students, In addition, users will appreciate the thorough indexing and cross-referencing, which make navigation straightforward. ... Genetics would be a useful resource for middle- and high-school libraries, as well as undergraduate and public libraries." -- Booklist (April 2003)

— Booklist

"This four-volume encyclopedia covers all aspects of traditional genetics, as well as provides extensive coverage of medical genetics, human genetics, molecular genetics, population genetics, genomics, and even proteomics... This encyclopedia, suitable for college students, provides a very thorough broad coverage of its subject. The writing is clear, the contributors are well qualified, the illustrations are very clear, and the organization is good and convenient... This set is recommended for academic and larger public libraries."--ARBA (2004)