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Genes, genomes, and evolution

Philip Meneely, Rachel Dawes Hoang, Iruka N. Okeke and Katherine Heston

Recent advances that allow scientists to quickly and accurately sequence a genome have revolutionized our view of the structure and function of genes as well as our understanding of evolution. A new era of genetics is underway, one that allows us to fully embrace Dobzhansky's famous statement that "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution".

Genetics: Genes, Genomes, and Evolution presents the fundamental principles of genetics and molecular biology from an evolutionary perspective as informed by genome analysis.

By using what has been learned from the analyses of bacterial and eukaryotic genomes as its basis, the book unites evolution, genomics, and genetics in one narrative approach. Genomic analysis is inherently both molecular and evolutionary, and every chapter is approached from this unified perspective.

Similarly, genomic studies have provided a deeper appreciation of the profound relationships between all organisms - something reflected in the book's integrated discussion of bacterial and eukaryotic evolution, genetics and genomics. It is an approach that provides students with a uniquely flexible and contemporary view of genetics, genomics, and evolution.

Online Resource Centre:
* Video tutorials: a series of videos that provide deeper, step-by-step explanations of a range of topics featured in the text.
* Flashcards: electronic flashcards covering the key terms from the text.

For registered adopters of the text:
* Digital image library: Includes electronic files in PowerPoint format of every illustration, photo, graph and table from the text
* Lecture notes: Editable lecture notes in PowerPoint format for each chapter help make preparing lectures faster and easier than ever. Each chapter's presentation includes a succinct outline of key concepts, and incorporates the graphics from the chapter
* Library of exam-style questions: a suite of questions from which you can pick potential assignments and exams.
* Test bank of multiple-choice questions: a ready-made electronic testing resource that can be customized by lecturers and delivered via their institution's virtual learning environment.
* Solutions to all questions featured in the book: solutions written by the authors help make the grading of homework assignments easier.
* Journal Clubs: a series of questions that guide your students through the reading and interpretation of a research paper that relates to the subject matter of a given chapter. Each Journal club includes model answers for lecturers.
* Instructor's guide: The instructor's guide discusses the educational approach taken by Genetics: Genes, Genomes, and Evolution in more detail, why this approach has been taken, what benefits it offers, and how it can be adopted in your class.

Readership : Undergraduates studying genetics as part of any biology or biology-related degree programme.


  • "This text not only emphasizes integration of the knowledge, but it maintains a 'systems overview' that provides additional context to the chapter information."
    --William Bradley Barbazuk, University of Florida

  • "Clearly written and very interesting. It felt almost like I was reading a story, rather than learning genetics."
    --Michael Goodisman, Georgia Tech

  • "The evolutionary focus is great."
    --Barbara Hoopes, Colgate University

  • "There is no genetics text that spells things out so clearly."
    --Eric Liebl, Denison University

  • "I like the writing style. It is very unique and much needed in a genetics text. I like that it incorporates modern techniques and explanations."
    --Lewis Obermiller, Arizona State University

  • "An excellent book that does a great job tying together concepts and ideas."
    --Clarissa Shearer, Bellevue University

  • "Very through, current, great figures and very good questions."
    --Aaron Schrey, Armstrong Atlantic State University

  • "Good, up-to-date coverage of basic genetics with an emphasis on genomics and changing insights into evolutionary processes."
    --James Thompson, University of Oklahoma

  • "I liked the integration of evolution [and] genomics - both at the level of concepts and at the level of data analysis - with the traditional material presented."
    --Michelle Gaudette, Tufts University

  • "A comprehensive analysis of historical genetics with an update of the most current thinking in genetics."
    --J. L. Henriksen, Bellevue University

1. Darwin's Finches: Evolution, Genomes, and Genes
2. The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology
3. Genome Structure, Organization, and Variation
4. Descent with Modification: DNA Replication and Mutation
5. The Inheritance of Single Gene Traits
6. The Cellular Basis for Mendelian Genetics
7. X-linked Genes and Sex Chromosomes
8. The Inheritance of Multiple Genes
9. The Locations of Genes on Chromosomes: Linkage and Genetic Maps
10. Human Genetic Mapping, Genome Wide Association Studies, and Complex Traits
11. Exchange and Evolution
12. Transcription: Reading and Expressing Genes
13. Translation: From Nucleic Acids to Amino Acids
14. Networks of Gene Regulation
15. Genetic Analysis of Cellular Processes
16. The Genetics of Populations
17. Metagenomes: Genome Analysis of Communities

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Philip Meneely (PhD, U of Minnesota) is a Professor of Biology at Haverford College where he has taught both introductory and advanced genetics for more than 20 years, as well as courses in genomics and bioinformatics. He previously was on the faculty of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His research with C. elegans has included publications on chromosome rearrangements, polyploidy, meiosis, sex determination, dosage compensation, and gene interactions. He is also the author of Genetic Analysis: Genes, Genomes, and Networks in Eukaryotes (Oxford University Press), now in its second edition, which was short-listed by the Royal Society (London) in 2015 for Undergraduate Biology Textbook of the year.

Rachel Dawes Hoang (Ph.D. Cambridge University, UK) is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Haverford College. She has published research and review articles in the fields of developmental biology and evolutionary developmental biology. Her current research investigates the evolution of genes controlling cell shape changes as well as the interactions between endosymbiotic bacteria and host cells during embryonic development of insects. She regularly teaches courses in genetics, evolution, and development. She is currently the chair of the Biology Department. She is a former Helen Hay Whitney fellow.

Iruka N. Okeke (PhD, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria) taught biology at Haverford College, PA, USA from 2002 until 2014. She is presently Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and has also taught in other African and UK applied health programs. Her research on bacterial genetics and microbiology focuses on intestinal pathogens and on antimicrobial resistance. She is co-author of two books and about a hundred articles and chapters. She has been the recipient of Fulbright, Branco Weiss and Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin) Fellowships. Okeke serves on editorial, higher education, health policy and science policy advisory panels and boards in the US, Europe and Africa.

Katherine Heston (M.S. University of Wisconsin, A.B. Princeton University) is an Instructor in Biology at Haverford College. She has been involved in teaching undergraduates for thirty years at Lake Forest College (IL), Northwestern University, Villanova University, and Haverford College. Her teaching background includes botany, ecology, genetics, cell and molecular biology. Working closely with students in the teaching lab has developed her sense of the student perspective, which informs her development of effective teaching materials for her classes.

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Special Features

  • The only text to view genetics through the lens of genomics and evolution, setting out the subject in an integrated fashion that properly reflects the way we think about genetics today.
  • The widely praised narrative style makes the important concepts clear and understandable for any student.
  • A range of learning features provide unrivalled flexibility, allowing the book to be used for different types of genetics courses and to support different approaches to learning.
  • Extensive problem sets present realistic problems that stimulate students to think in an integrated and analytical way, and encourage them to apply their knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar scenarios.