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1st Edition

A Century of Geneticists
Mutation to Medicine

ISBN 9781498748667
Published November 15, 2018 by CRC Press
322 Pages

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Book Description

Genetics, like all scientific disciplines, is a human endeavor. Thus, the lives of geneticists - their friendships, colleagues and associations - play an important role in the historical development of the science. This book summarizes the history of genetics by reviewing the lives of the prominent and influential researchers beginning with the earliest and simplest branches of genetics (studies of inheritance and mutation) and ending with the human genome project - the pinnacle of genetics research of the 20th century.


Key selling features:

  • Summarizes the lives of important genetics researchers
  • Reviews the development of important foundational concepts
  • Highlights the way new technologies and methods have advanced the study of genetics
  • Explores the influence of genetics in other biomedical fields
  • Avoids simplistic chronological summary of genetics

Table of Contents

Population Genetics and Evolution. Mutation Research. Cytogenetics. Biochemical genetics. Molecular biology. Immunogenetics. Behavior Genetics. Quantitative Genetics . Human and Medical Genetics. The Human Genome Project.

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Dr. Krishna Dronamraju is the author of twenty books and two hundred papers in Genetics and Biotechnology . He received his Ph.D. in Human Genetics while working with the famous scientist JBS Haldane at the Indian Statistical Institute. He received advanced training at University College London and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at the University of Alberta. In the United States, he served on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health for several years. He was a member of the U.S. Presidential delegation to India in 2000. He chaired and delivered Plenary Session lectures at numerous international conferences in Genomics, Genetics and Biotechnology. Dr. Dronamraju’s research activities include an evaluation of the impact of genetic revolution and genome analysis on human populations. He is President of the Foundation for Genetic Research in Houston, a Visiting Professor of the University of Paris and an Honorary Research Fellow of University College, London.


"This is the kind of book that any historian of medicine, geneticist, or
researcher should have on his/her shelf, as should any reader interested in
understanding the current trends in medicine… a book to consult as an inspiration, particularly
for young scientists, but also for seasoned researchers coping with unexpected
problems, crafting a new project, or exploring uncharted waters."

Alain Touwaide, PhD(The Huntington)