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By Edwin H. McConkey 118 pp., Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett, $32.95, 2004, paperback.


Brief: This essential genetics primer explains the basics of the human genome: what it is, what it does, and its implications in health and disease. McConkey conveys what is known about genes and gene expression, how mutations lead to simple and complex disorders, and how the rapid advance in our genomic understanding is impacting healthcare practice. This small book provides readers with a broad basic understanding of the topic; a readable overview of genetics for students and practitioners.

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