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Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2003, p. 266. Translated from Ontogenez, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2003, p. 319.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2003 by Ivanov.
A situation developed towards the beginning of the
21st century, in that the publication of textbooks on
geneticsis well behind the tremendous burgeoning of
this discipline. Therefore, the publication of a modern
university textbook on general and molecular genetics
for biologists should be welcome, the more so that the
reviewed book by I.F. Zhimulev reﬂects the current
state of genetics, including the most recently published
data. The table of contents does not raise any objection:
the book rather fully represents the main trends and
directions of genetics, starting from the general circum-
stances and history of its development and including
mendelism; morganism; hereditary variability; genetic
analysis; the structure and functioning of genes,
genomes, and chromosomes; the genetics of sex and
ontogenesis; the foundations of immuno- and oncoge-
netics; the genetics of populations, behavior, and evolu-
tion; and nonchromosomal heredity. The materials are
presented correctly and, at the same time, are quite
intelligible to students of biology. The abundance and
successful choice of colored and black-and-white illus-
trations also contribute to the success of the textbook.
Thus, the reviewed book by I.F. Zhimulev is up to the
standards of textbooks for students and postgraduate
students who specialize in biology and, speciﬁcally,
However, there are some inaccuracies, mostly par-
ticular; they are indicated below.
p. 42 and others: Two different phenomena, the link-
age of characters and attached X-chromosomes, are
pp. 43–45: The author speaks about the
of the exchange of chromosome fragments
during crossing over obtained in T.H. Morgan’s group
and also said that the results of K. Stern and B. Mac-
Clintock conﬁrmed the Morgan
. In addition,
are introduced without deﬁnitions. In the
, this is especially
p. 55: The authorship of the terms
is assigned to Vogt, although these terms
appeared in the joint work of Timofeev-Resovsky and
Vogt, and, a year earlier, Timofeev-Resovsky in his
paper in Russian wrote about gene expression and pen-
etration (what these same terms are called in Russian).
p. 77 and below: It is hardly advisable to use the
in the sense of the external appearance
or character of the organism. The authors of this term
deﬁned it is an expression of the genotype.
Fig. 117: The author speaks about the arrest of rep-
licative fork in front of the
p. 191: Ciliata includes all ciliate infusorians, rather
Chapter 8: It is a pity that the author does not con-
sider DNA mutagenesis.
p. 234: The section dedicated tom gene conversion
is too short.
p. 289: Different cases, variants, and the authorship
of discoveries and distribution of the terms
position effect of the mosaic type
, etc., are presented rather vaguely.
One general comment: The textbook must have sub-
ject and author indices.
In conclusion, I will repeat that I.F. Zhimulev wrote
a useful textbook for students who study genetics
according to general and speciﬁed programs. However,
this book can hardly be suitable for students of medical,
pedagogical, and agricultural colleges and universities,
where genetics is studied to a lesser volume and is pro-
V. I. Ivanov
Obshchaya i molekulyarnaya genetika
(General and Molecular Genetics), Novosibirsk: Gos. Univ., 2002