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Sunday, January 10, 2010

A beginner's guide to genetics

Could you please recommend me a few sites on the internet, blogs, or books that's sort of like a beginner's guide to genetics? I would like to learn more about genetics, but I don't exactly know where to begin. One of the books I've read is great, it's called "Genes and DNA" by Charlotte K. Omoto and Paul F. Lurquin. I'm looking for something like that. But most of the other books at the library that I find seem too complicated, and I believe I should begin with the basic stuff first.

Unfortunately, I am not extremely familiar with books of this sort. I provide a link to the reviews of "A Beginner's Guide to Genetics and its Applications." Amazon recommends "Genetics for Dummies" and "Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics" as similar books. The latter sounds like an interesting read. I also try to recommend informative sites via my Gene Info web site.

I'm posting the question here in the hope that a reader will have suggestions. Although it would be nice to hear from non-experts, I will stick to the policy that while questions can be anonymous, comments (answers) are moderated, and I will only approves comments from people who identify themselves.


  1. perhaps of use

  2. From Jeremy Clark - science communictor, UK.

    I found this book a really great introduction for a non-scientist. "50 genetic ideas you really need to know" by a science reporter of The Times newspaper in the UK called Mark Henderson. Very readable and clear but also v comprehensive with 50 short chapters taking you from the real basics through to the current potential applications and moral/ethical questions.

  3. has consumer-friendly information on hundreds of genetic diseases and concepts.

    Thanks Jordanna Joaquina, MS, CGC
    Director of Genetics and Co-Founder

  4. Hi,

    Your reader may be interested to know I have started a website called DNA Dude. I am a recently graduated Molecular Geneticist with experience in Developmental and Evolutionary Genetics. The website is basically a platform to explain Genetic research to a lay audience with some articles explaining very basic terms in genetics (i.e. what exactly is DNA, nucleotides, alleles, mutation, sequencing, etc?).

    If your reader ahs any specific questions, they can email them to me via the contact page. I'm open to article topic suggestions also!


    Rick Scavetta

    1. Hi Rick, was wondering what kind of test could I request to find out If a sister is a full sister, both patent have passed.

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