Human Genetics: Principles


Human genetics is the study of the inheritance of biological variation as it relates to health and disease. Advances made in the last 35 years and, in particular, the developments coming out of the Human Genome Project offer the prospect of understanding and the possibility of treatment of many inherited disorders.

Keywords: inheritance; chromosomes; genes

Further Reading

Brock DJH (1995) Molecular Genetics for the Clinician. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Unversity Press.

Conner M and Ferguson‐Smith M (1997) Essential Medical Genetics, 5th edn. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Emery AEH and Malcolm S (1995) An Introduction to Recombinant DNA in Medicine, 2nd edn. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Son.

Gardner RJM and Sutherland GR (1996) Chromosome Abnormalities and Genetic Counselling, 2nd edn. New York: Oxford University Press.

Harper PS (1994) Practical Genetic Counselling, 4th edn. Oxford: Butterworth‐Heinemann.

Mueller RF and Young ID (1998) Emery's Elements of Medical Genetics, 10th edn. London: Churchill Livingstone.

Rimoin DL, Connor JM and Pyeritz RE (1997) Emery and Remoin's Principle and Practice of Medical Genetics, 3rd edn. London: Churchill Livingstone.

Scriver CR, Beaudet AL, Sly WS and Valle D (1995) The Metabolic and Molecular Basis of Inherited Disease, 7th edn. New York: McGraw‐Hill.

Strachan T and Read AP (1997) Human Molecular Genetics. Oxford: BIOS Scientific.

Thompson M (1991) Genetics in Medicine, 5th edn. Philadelphia: WB Saunders.

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Lam, Wayne WK, and Mueller, Robert F(May 2001) Human Genetics: Principles. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001873]