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Investigating the Human Genome


Leading medical genetics scholar Moyra Smith reviews current prospects and progress in medical genetics and genomics, arising from the growth of gene mapping and Human Genome sequencing. She addresses recent investigations into human origins, migrations, and diversity; psychiatric diseases; Alzheimer’s, Parkinsonism, and ALS; protein misfolding; gene-environment interactions; mRNA; epigenetics, and much more

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An Up-to-Date Assessment of Recent Advances in Human Genetics, Human Variation,and Gene-Related Disease

In Investigating the Human Genome, leading medical genetics scholar Moyra Smith reviews current and recent work in genetics and genomics to assess progress in understanding human variation and the pathogenesis of common and rare diseases in which genetics plays a role.

Smith provides an exceptional overview of the most important biomedical progress arising from the greatly increased genetic information base generated by gene mapping and the sequencing of the complete Human Genome. She addresses diverse topics associated with human genetics and genomics, ranging from psychiatric and late-onset illness to early human history.

Coverage includes

  • Genetic research on human origins, migrations, and population diversity
  • Genome architecture and sequence variation in health and disease
  • Genes, transcripts, and regulation at multiple levels
  • Modifications via epigenetics and epigenomics
  • Phenotypes, phenocopies, pathways, and interactions
  • Key issues of protein misfolding
  • Gene-environment interactions in DNA damage, instability, and repair
  • Synaptic activity and plasticity, and relevance to cognitive impairment and behavioral abnormalities
  • Micro RNAs and mRNA translation
  • Late-onset neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s
  • Genes, cancer, signaling pathways, and targeted therapies
  • Functional genomics and personalized medicine

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press (June 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132168146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132168144
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