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. BOOK REVIEW Zhimulev, I.F. Obshchaya i molekulyarnaya genetika (General and Molecular Genetics), Novosibirsk: Gos. Univ., 2002 A situation developed towards the beginning of the centimorgan are introduced without deﬁnitions. In the 21st century, in that the publication of textbooks on case of morganids and centimorgans, this is especially geneticsis well behind the tremendous burgeoning of important. this discipline. Therefore, the publication of a modern p. 55: The authorship of the terms expressivity and university textbook on general and molecular genetics penetrance is assigned to Vogt, although these terms for biologists should be welcome, the more so that the appeared in the joint work of Timofeev-Resovsky and reviewed book by I.F. Zhimulev reﬂects the current Vogt, and, a year earlier, Timofeev-Resovsky in his state of genetics, including the most recently published paper in Russian wrote about gene expression and pen- data. The table of contents does not raise any objection: etration (what these same terms are called in Russian). the book rather fully represents the main trends and p. 77 and below: It is hardly advisable to use the directions of genetics, starting from the general circum- term phenotype in the sense of the external appearance stances and history of its development and including or character of the organism. The authors of this term mendelism; morganism; hereditary variability; genetic deﬁned it is an expression of the genotype. analysis; the structure and functioning of genes, Fig. 117: The author speaks about the arrest of rep- genomes, and chromosomes; the genetics of sex and licative fork in front of the counter fork? ontogenesis; the foundations of immuno- and oncoge- p. 191: Ciliata includes all ciliate infusorians, rather netics; the genetics of populations, behavior, and evolu- one species. tion; and nonchromosomal heredity. The materials are presented correctly and, at the same time, are quite Chapter 8: It is a pity that the author does not con- intelligible to students of biology. The abundance and sider DNA mutagenesis. successful choice of colored and black-and-white illus- p. 234: The section dedicated tom gene conversion trations also contribute to the success of the textbook. is too short. Thus, the reviewed book by I.F. Zhimulev is up to the p. 289: Different cases, variants, and the authorship standards of textbooks for students and postgraduate of discoveries and distribution of the terms position students who specialize in biology and, speciﬁcally, effect, position effect of the mosaic type, Dubinin’s genetics. effect, etc., are presented rather vaguely. However, there are some inaccuracies, mostly par- One general comment: The textbook must have sub- ticular; they are indicated below. ject and author indices. p. 42 and others: Two different phenomena, the link- In conclusion, I will repeat that I.F. Zhimulev wrote age of characters and attached X-chromosomes, are a useful textbook for students who study genetics separated insufﬁciently. according to general and speciﬁed programs. However, this book can hardly be suitable for students of medical, pp. 43–45: The author speaks about the conclusive pedagogical, and agricultural colleges and universities, evidence of the exchange of chromosome fragments where genetics is studied to a lesser volume and is pro- during crossing over obtained in T.H. Morgan’s group fessionally speciﬁed. and also said that the results of K. Stern and B. Mac- Clintock conﬁrmed the Morgan hypothesis. In addition, the terms crossing over, polytene chromosomes, and V. I. Ivanov 1062-3604/03/3404-0266$25.00 © 2003 MAIK ÒNauka / Interperiodica”
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