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Principles of Genetics

Principles of Genetics
Author: D. Peter Snustad - Michael J. Simmons
ISBN 13: 9780470388259
ISBN 10: 470388250
Edition: 5
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2008-12-22
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 848
List Price: N/A

Cultivating Today's Student's for Tomorrow's Science.

The new edition of this landmark text prepares students to be the innovators and pacesetter of tomorrow. It opens a window on the rapidly advancing science of genetics by showing how genetics is done, incorporating a human emphasis, and highlighting the roles of individual geneticists.

The Latest News-From the Lab to Your Classroom.

This edition is packed with the latest developments and information from the labs of current researchers-including the latest findings from Genomics and RNA Interference.

Balanced View

Genetics, Fourth Edition offers a comprehensive and balanced view of both Classical Mendelian topics and modern Molecular topics.


Principles of Genetics, Fourth Edition provides a strong focus on problem-solving throughout the text and helps students acquire the analytical tools they need to hone their problem-solving skills. The text can also be accompanied by an excellent Student Companion Guide, providing more opportunity for additional practice and review.

Fresh Pedagogical Design

The overall look and feel of this edition highlights numerous practice problems in the book, and under-scores objectives and learning checks throughout.

Great Media.

To help nurture your students' understanding of genetics, the Fourth Edition features WileyPLUS, a powerful package of media that complements both the text and your course, including:

  • An integrated course management system

  • Step-by-step animations

  • Quizzes with instant feedback and assessment to build problem-solving skills

  • A suite of presentation tools including PowerPoint slides

Roger W. Melvold

This book is an absolute delight. The 28 chapters cover the usual array of general genetic topics (segregation and assortment, linkage and recombination, population and quantitative genetics, chromosome structure and function, prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems, etc.) as well as more specialized chapters such as those devoted to the immune system, development, transposable elements, and the nonnuclear genetics of mitochondria and chloroplasts. The illustrations are magnificent, and the inclusion of various sidelights to draw the reader's attention to particular technical considerations, historical accounts, and relevance to human genetics are beautifully designed to spark the interest of student readers and convince them of the universal importance of genetics. My personal favorite was the description of the inheritance of the ""Hapsburg jaw"" among the European nobility. Of particular interest are the interviews scattered throughout with a variety of geneticists in which they discuss how they became interested in science and genetics and how they believe their work has applied to ""the real world."" It is intended for students and teachers of genetics. Although the topical expert will undoubtedly find the occasional, but unavoidable, oversimplification in these specialty chapters, they are quite well done. Each chapter is closed by sets of good problems and references. The former are especially welcome; my bias is that working problems provides the key to a good understanding of genetic principles. Additional sources of problems, etc., are cited as companion learning resources. The text is an excellent one for use in general genetics course at either the graduate orundergraduate level.