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A Primer of Genome Science, 2nd Edition

A Primer of Genome Science, 2nd Edition  



  • Greg Gibson
  • Spencer V. Muse


  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates; 2nd edition (December 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0878932321
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 pounds


Book Description

Genome science as a discipline is less than five years old, but has already spawned a revolution in the way in which genetics is taught in universities, approached by academic researchers, and applied by pharmaceutical and agricultural research companies. While over a dozen new journals devoted to genomics have appeared in the last few years, no introductory textbook that covers the range of disciplines incorporated into genome science has materialized, until now. A Primer of Genome Science bridges the gap between standard genetics textbooks and highly specialized, technical, and advanced treatments of the subdisciplines. It provides an affordable and up-to-date introduction to the field that is suited to advanced undergraduate or early graduate courses. Bioinformatic principles and experimental strategies are explained side-by-side with the experimental methods, establishing a framework that allows teachers to explore topics and the literature at their own pace.

The Primer is organized into six chapters. Each chapter includes: exercises that can be worked by students using the internet and freely available software for analysis of genomic data; discussion questions; a summary; and suggestions for further reading. An Appendix includes a glossary of terms, with a brief review of key genetic concepts. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.  

Book Info

North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Introductory textbook for senior undergraduates or graduate students new to the field. Gives a background to the experimental methods, and an overview of what bioinformatics is about. Softcover. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.  


Up to Date and Very Well Done, August 10, 2005

With the basic science being so new and changing so rapidly, this second edition is timely and welcome. Virtually every chapter has been re-written to bring it up to date. The result is a text suitable for use in upper under grad or beginning grad level course in functional genomics or bioinformatics. The six chapter headings are:

Genome Projects: Organization and Objectives
Genome Sequencing and Annotation
SNPs and Variation
Gene Expression and the Transcriptome
Proteomics and Functional Genomics
Integrative Genomics.

The book is well written and profusely illustrated with color drawings and photographs. The book is closely allied with the web in form of accessable databases and the like which may keep it from going out of date so fast.

With most text books being so expensive, this book is a definite sleeper in the field.