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October 27, 1962

Genetics

JAMA. 1962;182(4):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050430179035

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Abstract

This new text is designed for a beginning course in genetics, probably for college students. Although much of the discussion is based on the time-honored drosophila melanogaster, the busy physician will find certain parts of the book valuable to him in his dealing with patients, especially in view of the recent, rapid advances in human genetics. Chapter 14, on genes and the biochemistry of the organism, is especially pertinent. The discussion of cell structure, desoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA), and ribonucleic acid (RNA) in chapter 2 is commendable, for many geneticists still hold the relation of nucleic acids to genes and chromosomes in high suspicion. Almost too briefly, chapter 1 describes modern techniques in the study of cells. Appendix C, which lists 32 laboratories in North America where human genetic studies are being conducted, is especially useful. The less busy physician, or the physician with a special interest in genetics, would

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