[Histonet] General Genetics (lecture and lab textbooks)

Jennifer MacDonald JMacDonald at mtsac.edu
Fri Jun 12 17:01:20 CDT 2015

I believe he is trying to find a textbook that others have used and cover 
his questions.  There are many textbooks out there and it is time 
consuming to review all of them, so he is asking if anyone is familiar 
with one that covers his needs.

From:   John Kiernan <jkiernan at uwo.ca>
To:     "Jorge A. Santiago-Blay" <blayjorge at gmail.com>
Cc:     "histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu" 
<histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Date:   06/11/2015 10:33 PM
Subject:        Re: [Histonet] General Genetics (lecture and lab 

Dear Jorge A. Santiago-Blay,

How did you learn enough about "General Genetics for science majors" to be 
hired to teach the subject? Do you not own at least one textbook in the 
field? How did you qualify to teach the subject? 

With the internet (Google) it will be easy to find the most recent edition 
of the text from which you studied General Genetics. You could buy the 
book or ask the publisher for a free copy. Publishers happily provide free 
textbooks to instructors, hoping that every student will buy a copy of the 
"adopted" textbook. 

Why ask me? My fields of interest, before I retired, were Neuroanatomy and 
Histochemistry, not Genetics.

Does your institution have a way to warn students that an instructor does 
not know a suitable textbook for his course? Your students may need such a 

J. A. Kiernan
Anatomy & Cell Biology
University of Western Ontario
London, Canada
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On 08/06/15, "Jorge A. Santiago-Blay"  <blayjorge at gmail.com> wrote:
> General Genetics (lecture and lab textbooks)
> Dear Histonet-Listers:
> I wish to know if you have recommendations of *excellent* textbooks
> (lecture and labs) for General Genetics for science majors. Although I 
> finished teaching an upper division Genetic Analysis course and I am 
> familiarized with what is available, I am not as familiarized with la 
> de la creme for General Genetics.
> Ideally, I want a textbook that is (list is not comprehensive):
> 1. As inexpensive as possible (available online, softbound, etc.).
> 2. Easy to read, understand. and profusely illustrated.
> 3. Does not assume more than intro. biology (for majors) knowledge.
> 4. Emphasizes principles of genetics, model organisms, critical 
> experimental design, ecological and conservation genetics, etc.
> 5. Has a generous companion packages (incl. PowerPoints, online quiz
> cartridges - not the ones that reside with the publishers but the ones 
> reside on campus only, etc.). For anything online, technology is as 
> to 100% reliable and intuitive as possible.
> 6. Does not shy away from math and stats (because I do not shy away from
> those either).
> 7. Is not divorced of the historical context of genetics.
> 8. Highlights the importance of genetics in modern life.
> 9. For labs, all of the above and not just the usual genetics exercises. 
> want a book that invites exploration and engages all of us in the field.
> Ideally, with a manual for s/he that may be helping with setting up the 
> If you have any feedback, please kindly send it directly to me,
> blayjorge at gmail.com
> With gratefulness,
> Jorge
> P.S Apologies for potential duplicate emails.
> Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, PhD
> blaypublishers.comblay.cfm
> <http://paleobiology.si.edu/staff/individuals/santiagoblay.cfm>
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