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April 24, 1987

An Introduction to Genetic Analysis

Author Affiliations

University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

JAMA. 1987;257(16):2223. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390160109041

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This is a revised edition of the well-accepted book by Suzuki. The present edition is broad in scope and has approached the problem of use as a text in interesting but by now well-tried methods: it summarizes the main point of the section as a "message" and provides problems at the end of the chapter. Separate solutions and instructor's manuals are available. There is also a set of color slides designed to assist in instruction.

In general, the presentation is clear and useful. Unfortunately, it is not consistent. Many sections are complex or unclear. For example, the discussion of dosage compensation in mammals is incomplete. There is a lengthy description of Liane Russell's experiments, but only casual comment on Mary Lyon's experiments. This is deplorable; the Lyon experiments clarified the interpretation of events, and her name is associated with the lyonization of the X chromosome. Further, no mention is made