The distinctive feature of this textbook is that it puts a human face to the study of genetic disorders, exemplified by essays from individuals with inherited disorders or their families. The introductory course material on traditional and molecular genetic analysis of humans would suit students who do not want too many details but are interested in the applications of modern genetics. The companion website, however, is weak, relying on links to sites, many of which are dead or contain material that is old.
The book deals not only with human genetics but also with the use humans make of genetics, for example agricultural biotechnology and human reproductive technology. Ricki Lewis places the application of science in a social and economic context and tackles some controversial topics.
Through the use of specific examples, she puts the case for thoughtful and informed consideration of genetic technologies.
Fred Tata is lecturer in genetics, University of Leicester.
Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications. Fifth edition
Author - Ricki Lewis
ISBN - 0 07 1198490
Publisher - McGraw-Hill
Price - £34.99
Pages - 408