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Human Heredity: Principles and Issues (with Human GeneticsNow/InfoTrac)

Human Heredity: Principles and Issues (with Human GeneticsNow/InfoTrac) 



  • Michael Cummings


  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 7 edition (January 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534495117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534495114
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.29 pounds


Book Description

Instructors will find this Seventh Edition of HUMAN HEREDITY current, clear, and complemented by an amazing array of technology for students and instructors. In addition, the latter chapters (12-19) have been reorganized for greater ease of use. There is also more coverage of hot topics like recombinant DNA technology, genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, and HIV. In support of this, "How Would You Vote?" questions appear at the beginning and end of each chapter. Chapters begin with an opening story?focusing on a controversial issue. After the story, the "How Would You Vote?" box directs students to the website to voice their opinion. On the website the issue is summarized, an InfoTrac activity with questions involving the issue is provided, and students cast their vote and see tallied results of the voting. Additional student support includes Human GeneticsNOW, a password-protected website integrated with the Seventh Edition that provides students with access to diagnostic Pre-Tests and Post-Tests for each chapter. It automatically generates customized learning plans for students, directing them to text information and ancillaries that help them master specific concepts. Active Figures in the text, indicated by a media icon, have corresponding narrated animations on the Human GeneticsNOW site that are included in the customized Learning Plan along with additional animations and media assets. For instructors, a Multimedia Manager provides the all of the art and photos from the text in PowerPoint form, and, lectures can be further enhanced by using animations and CNN videos on human heredity topics. 

Book Info

Introductory textbook on the basic concepts of human genetics. For undergraduates with little or no background in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Previous edition: c1994. Softcover. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.  

About the Author(s)

Michael Cummings is the author and co-author of a number of widely used college textbooks, including CONCEPTS OF GENETICS (co-authored with Klug) and ESSENTIALS OF GENETICS. He has also written sections on genetics for the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, and has published a newsletter on advances in human genetics for instructors and students.

Michael received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. His doctoral work, conducted in the laboratory of Dr. R.C. King, centered on ovarian development in Drosophila melanogaster. Michael taught and conducted research at the University of Illinois at Chicago for more than 25 years. His research interests involved the role of the short arm/centromere region of human chromosome 21 in chromosomal aberrations. His interest in scientific literacy prompted him to organize courses in human genetics for non-majors. Currently, Michael teaches at Illinois Institute of Technology also in Chicago.  


An accurate and concice look into Human Genetics., March 16, 1998

This is a wonderful book for a college level exploration of Human Genetics. The chapters introduce every topic well, and in such a way that science majors will remain interested while non science majors aren’t left behind. It is a great book to begin to explore the wonders of Human Genetics.