Cartoon Guide to Genetics Paperback – Aug 14 1991
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Having trouble deciphering your genetic code? Do dominant genes make you feel recessive? Let reigning nonfiction cartoonist Larry Gonick and microbiologist Mark Wheelis ease your way through Mendelian genetics, molecular biology, and the basics of genetic engineering. Gonick's drawings range from a moderately detailed look at ribosomes in action to loony pictures of dancing scientists, talking peas, and opinionated fruit flies. Matthew Meselson, co-discoverer of the "one gene-one protein" principle, says, "it puts textbooks to shame"--and he's right. --Mary Ellen Curtin
"If you can't learn Mendelian genetics from this text, I guess you never will."-- "New Scientist"It puts textbooks to shame."-- Matthew Meselson, Professor of Biology, Harvard UnivercitySee all Product Description
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This book is a solid introduction to understanding genetics: the basics of the science, the history of humanity's knowledge of it, how it relates to other fields (ie evolution) - all explained well, in both word and the highly helpful illustrations. As always, Gonick tosses in some humor with his cartoons, but don't be fooled into thinking this is kid stuff. He delves into serious science. (And I noted with great amusement that one reviewer who hated the book was a big fan of the "for dummies" series. Irony much?)
I liked this book a lot - not quite as good as The Cartoon Guide to Physics, and bear in mind that current advances in genetics may well render parts of the book outdated soon... but it's still well worth reading.
This book does not assume that the reader has any scientific background and everything is explained from the basics. It also does not get into real detail about anything, but that kind of detail isn't necessary for a broad understanding of genetics. Most of the comics aren't really that funny, but even so they bring levity to an often difficult topic. I happen to enjoy the picture of the human-strawberry hybrid. This is a great book for visual learners who like to see everything; the diagrams in this book make complicated systems simpler without leaving out too much. This is a good background resource for anyone who wants to understand the hot topic of genetics. Granted a lot has happened since this book was published, but the foundation is still the same.
I gave it a mere 4 stars, because I like colors (Couldn't find them....!). But then again, perhaps I am colorblind...........No hold on, let me take a look at my X-Cromosome, yes I see, sure enough, It hasn't mutated... :)
Seriously I loved the historical approach to the field, the cartoons and the jokes were great. This book took the intimidation factor out of biology to a degree. Now I can at least talk intelligently about the subject. High school students could learn a lot from this, and struggling college freshmen might not struggle quite so badly in introductory biology with this at their side.
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I purchased this book to review the basics of genetics, mostly to be able to sound more knowledgeable than my pre-med significant other. Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by DCpostdoc
This piece of junk found its way to my garbage can not long after buying it. I've had great success with the "For Dummies" series in acquiring computer application... Read morePublished on June 1 2003 by Marc Cenedella
this is a pretty good book that covers the basics, but I would never confuse this with a textbook. I would have to disagree with the assertion that it "puts all textbooks to... Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by medlabtech
This book is just another of Larry Gonick's successes in books. After borrowing a couple of his books I decided to buy most of his publications. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002 by Marco Ruiz
This book was written in 1983 to present an interesting and unintimidating approach to explaining Mendelian genetics, interspersing humor with history and simplifying some of the... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2001 by Jim Carson
I loved this book. It was so much fun. I'm a medical school student and I just finished a Cell Biology class. Read morePublished on July 6 2001 by Ivi
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