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The Genetic Code
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Authored by: Phill Jones
  • From the Series: Science Foundations
  • Trim Size: 7 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604130849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-084-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 11/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 572
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 128

Summary

For billions of years, cells have used an ingenious system of storing and processing instructions to make proteins, the molecules that carry out vital functions for the cell. Data is warehoused in DNA molecules, copied into RNA molecules, and then read by a cell's protein synthesis apparatus. It is the genetic code that enables this data transfer to exist. The Genetic Code tracks the key experiments and discoveries that set in motion efforts to crack the code and explores the many ways humans have applied knowledge of the genetic code to alter gene activity, from engineering genetically modified plants and animals to the revision of genes in human cells.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. Web sites. References. Glossary. Index.

About the Author(s)

Phill Jones earned a Ph.D. in physiology/pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego. After completing postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine, he joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center as an assistant professor. There, he taught topics in molecular biology and medicine and researched aspects of gene expression. He later earned a J.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Reviews and Awards

"Honor Book," Science, Grades 7-12 category


- Society of School Librarians International

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