Biology pp 108-124 | Cite as

The Gene at Work

  • Julian Sutton
Part of the Macmillan Foundations book series


Before studying this unit, you should know about the structure of DNA, RNA and proteins (Unit 3). You should also have a basic understanding of cell structure (Unit 4). This unit explains what genes are, and is an essential background to studying genetic variation and the ways in which genes are passed from one generation to the next (Units 11–14).


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Further reading

  1. Alberts, B., Bray, D., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K. and Watson, J.D. Molecular Biology of the Cell (3rd ed.) (New York: Garland, 1994). An enormous but excellent textbook which puts the reader in touch with current ideas without too much pain on the way. Molecular genetics is covered in the context of the life of the cell.Google Scholar
  2. Hartl, D.L. Essential Genetics (Sudbury MA: Jones & Bartlett, 1996). Bright, clear and well-explained at a simpler level than Lewin. It goes well beyond the scope of this book, without an unbearable acceleration in pace.Google Scholar
  3. Lewin, B. Genes V. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994). Massive, up-to-date undergraduate textbook, extending from molecular genetics to molecular aspects of cell biology.Google Scholar
  4. Smith, CA. and Wood, E.J. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (London: Chapman and Hall, 1991). A clear, straightforward introduction.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

A book to read through

  1. Jones, S. The Language of the Genes (London: Harper Collins, 1993). A literate, intelligent explanation of genetics for the general reader. Full of ideas and gentle wit.Google Scholar

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