Genetics For Dummies

Genetics For Dummies

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Genetics For Dummies
Genetics For Dummies - by Tara Rodden Robinson

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Tara Rodden Robinson
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1st Edition
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ISBN-13: 978-0-7645-9554-7 / ISBN-10: 0-7645-9554-7

Reveals the connections between genetics and specific diseases Understand the science and the ethics behind genetics

Want to know more about genetics? This non-intimidating guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals. From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double-helix, you get clear explanations in easy-to-understand terms. Plus, you'll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes . . . and even clone cats.


What geneticists do How traits are passed on How genetic counseling works The basics of cloning The role of DNA in forensics The scoop on the Human Genome Project

About the Author Tara Rodden Robinson, R.N., B.S.N., Ph.D., is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, where she graduated from Ouachita Parish High School. She earned her degree in nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi and worked as a registered nurse for nearly six years (mostly in surgery), before running away from home to study birds in the Costa Rican rainforest. From the rainforests, Tara traveled to the cornfields of the Midwest to earn her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation work was conducted in the Republic of Panama where she examined the social lives of Song Wrens. She got her post-doctoral training in genetics with Dr. Colin Hughes (University of Miami) and through a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Auburn University. Dr. Robinson received a teaching award for her genetics course at Auburn and was twice included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002 and 2005).

Now, as assistant research professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, Tara studies the genetics of birds and fish at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Professor Robinson’s research includes conducting paternity analysis to uncover the mysteries of birds’ social lives, examining population genetics of endangered salmon, and using DNA to find out which species of salmon sea-going birds like to eat.

Professor Robinson conducts research on birds in locations all over the map including Oregon, Michigan, and the Republic of Panama. Her field research includes comparisons of the evolution of tropical and temperate birds, examining the effects of urbanization on swallows and bluebirds, describing the mating habits of Northern Mockingbirds, and documenting the effects of forest fragmentation on tropical bird populations. Recently, she and her husband, ornithologist W. Douglas Robinson, traveled to the island of Yap to survey birds and bats after a devastating typhoon wrecked the forests of that tiny, unique Micronesian state.

When not traveling, Professor Robinson enjoys playing Celtic and Scottish tunes on her fiddle and hiking the Coast Range of Oregon with her husband and their dog, Natchez.


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