The Evolution of Genetics

The Evolution of Genetics

1st Edition - January 1, 1965

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  • Author: Arnold W. Ravin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263588

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The Evolution of Genetics provides a review of the development of genetics. It is not intended as a history of the science of heredity. By a brief and general survey, however, it seeks to show the connections of past to present research, and of current discoveries to future investigations. The book opens with a chapter on the legacy of classical genetics. This is followed by separate chapters on the use of microorganisms in molecular genetics; the structure and replication of genetic material; mutation and recombination of genetic material; the heterocatalytic function of genetic material; and concludes with a discussion of the future of genetics. Undergraduates considering a career of teaching or research in biology, students who are embarking on graduate studies in biology, professional biologists working in fields other than genetics but interested in current research on heredity, and laymen who have had some education in biology and have a continued interest in biological science may find something useful in this book.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter I The Legacy of Classical Genetics

    The Concept of the Gene

    Interaction of Alleles and of Nonallelic Genes

    The Relation of Gene to Character

    Localization of the Gene on the Chromosome

    The Universality of Genetic Theory

    A Genetic Theory of Evolution

    The Role of the Cytoplasm in Heredity

    The Questions Raised by Classical Genetics

    Chapter II The Use of Microorganisms in Molecular Genetics

    Molecular Specificity and Organization within the Cell

    Mutation and Adaptation in Microorganisms

    The Mode of Genetic Recombination in Higher Organisms

    The Mode of Genetic Recombination in Molds

    Modes of Genetic Recombination in Bacteria: Transformation

    Modes of Genetic Recombination in Bacteria: Lysogeny and Lysogenic Conversion; Bacteriophage Recombination

    Modes of Genetic Recombination in Bacteria: Conjugation

    Modes of Genetic Recombination in Bacteria: Transduction

    Modes of Genetic Recombination in Bacteria: Sexduction

    Chapter III The Structure and Replication of Genetic Material

    Selective Systems for Detecting Rare Mutations and Recombinations

    The Divisibility of the Gene

    The Structure of DNA

    The Replication of DNA

    The In Vitro Synthesis of DNA

    The Cistron, Muton, and Recon in Molecular Terms

    Chapter IV Mutation and Recombination of Genetic Material

    Theoretical Basis of Mutagenesis

    The Mutagenic Action of Base Analogues

    The Chemical Alteration of Bases In Vitro

    Mutations by the Deletion or Addition of Nucleotides to the DNA Molecule

    Recombination at the Molecular Level

    The Mechanism of Molecular Recombination

    The Anomalies of Molecular Recombination

    The Molecular Model of Mutation and Recombination: a Summary

    Chapter V The Heterocatalytic Function of Genetic Material

    The Genetic Code

    The Indirect Action of the Genetic Code: the Role of RNA

    Experimental Verification of the Messenger Model of Protein Synthesis

    Colinearity of the Structural Gene with the Polypeptide It Determines

    Proteins as Aggregates and the Phenomenon of Complementation

    Intergenic Suppression

    Regulator Genes

    Chapter VI The Future of Genetics: Today's Unsolved Problems

    The Genes and the Cytoplasm in Morphogenesis

    Behavior, an Aspect of Development

    DNA and the Chromosome

    Recombination, Crossing-Over, and Chromosomal Rearrangements

    Mutation, Chromosomal Rearrangements, and Evolution

    Concluding Argument



Product details

  • No. of pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1965
  • Published: January 1, 1965
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263588

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Arnold W. Ravin

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Alvin Nason

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