Russian Journal of Genetics, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2003, p. 481. Translated from Genetika, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2003, p. 587. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2003 by Korochkin. BOOK REVIEWS L. N. Pesetskaya and G. G. Goncharenko Collection of Problems in Genetics, Gomel’: Gomel State Univ., 2002 The end of the 20th century has witnessed a tremen- lems; standard problems with detailed solutions; and a dous development of biological disciplines, and, prima- wide range of problems for self-instruction provided rily, genetics. In recent years genetics has become a with answers. In addition, each section includes specif- major ﬁeld of biology. The focus of interest on genetics ically denoted problems of a more advanced level, motivates publishing manuals, in which genetic infor- which the authors recommend for academic tests and mation is presented in the form comprehensible for high-school Olympiads. high school students, high school graduates, and col- An obvious advantage of the manual is the inclusion lege students. of diverse, interesting problems. Some of them are The necessity of such manuals is also caused by the based on traditional genetic models, such as Droso- scarcity of modern textbooks in genetics. phila, mouse, and pea while a wide range of problems In view of this, the development and publishing of deals with human genetics. In this context, I would like manuals for high school students and graduates as well to point to an ingeniously designed tree of the Pushkin as for college students would promote in-depth master- family consisting of seven generations, which will ing of genetic knowledge. undoubtedly promote the interest of students to genet- ics. Another merit of the manual is the presence of a On the basis of their teaching experience of many number of problems on genetic engineering. In spite of years, the authors of the manual L.N. Pesetskaya and G.G. Goncharenko included in it the following ﬁve sec- the complexity of this modern ﬁeld of genetics, the authors succeeded in designing original problems in a tions: (1) Main rules of heredity; (2) Human genetics comprehensible and easily understood form. and pedigree analysis; (3) Population genetics, the Hardy– Weinberg law; (4) Molecular genetics; (5) Genetic engi- neering. Each section consists of a brief introduction, which enables students to directly pass to solving prob- L. I. Korochkin 1022-7954/03/3904-0481$25.00 © 2003 MAIK ÒNauka / Interperiodica”
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