The Best Books About Genetics

“What are the best books about Genetics?” We looked at 150 of the top Genetics books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 13 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Genetics” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Also, make sure to check out our Best Books About Evolution Book List!

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Top 13 Books About Genetics & Genetic History



13 .) Concepts of Genetics by Klug/Cummings/Spencer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best DNA Testing Kits
  • Sanfoundry

For one- or two-term courses in Genetics in the departments of Biology, Zoology, Agriculture or Health Science.This text is known for its clear writing style, emphasis on concepts, visual art program and thoughtful coverage of all areas of genetics. The authors capture students’ interest with up-to-date coverage of cutting edge topics and research. This text will help students connect the science of genetics to the issues of today through interesting and thought-provoking applications.

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12 .) Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you’ve ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else ever will, ever can – the mystery, the beauty, the many terrors, and the eerie, silken rhythms of the night – for it is only at night that he is free. Until the night he witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered strangeness of Moonlight Bay and its residents.

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11 .) Next by Michael Crichton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

Welcome to our genetic world.Fast, furious, and out of control.This is not the world of the future — it’s the world right now.Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There’s a new genetic cure for drug addiction — is it worse than the disease?We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it’s possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars; test our spouses for genetic maladies and even frame someone for a genetic crime.We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes …Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions, and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

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10 .) Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland by Bryan Sykes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

One of the world’s leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales to the resting place of “The Red Lady” of Paviland and the tomb of King Arthur. Genealogy has become a popular pastime of Americans interested in their heritage, and this is the perfect work for anyone interested in finding their heritage in England, Scotland, or Ireland.

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9 .) The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution by Gregory Cochran

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution

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8 .) The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design by Richard Dawkins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Telegraph

Each copy of the anniversary edition of The Blind Watchmaker features a unique biomorph. No two covers are exactly alike. Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years, The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection – the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin – is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist?

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7 .) The Double Helix by James D. Watson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Serious Science

By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry & won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science’s greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions & bitter rivalries. With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his & Crick’s desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the Holy Grail of life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life. Never has a scientist been so truthful in capturing in words the flavor of his work.

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6 .) The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • Goodreads

At the beginning of this century enormous progress had been made in genetics. The Human Genome Project finished sequencing human DNA. It seemed it was only a matter of time until we had all the answers to the secrets of life on this planet. The cutting-edge of biology, however, is telling us that we still don’t even know all of the questions. How is it that, despite each cell in your body carrying exactly the same DNA, you don’t have teeth growing out of your eyeballs or toenails on your liver? How is it that identical twins share exactly the same DNA and yet can exhibit dramatic differences in the way that they live and grow? It turns out that cells read the genetic code in DNA more like a script to be interpreted than a mould that replicates the same result each time. This is epigenetics and it’s the fastest-moving field in biology today. The Epigenetics Revolution traces the thrilling path this discipline has taken over the last twenty years. Biologist Nessa Carey deftly explains such diverse phenomena as how queen bees and ants control their colonies, why tortoiseshell cats are always female, why some plants need a period of cold before they can flower, why we age, develop disease and become addicted to drugs, and much more. Most excitingly, Carey reveals the amazing possibilities for humankind that epigenetics offers for us all – and in the surprisingly near future.

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5 .) The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene by Richard Dawkins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals—known as “survival of the fittest”—with the individual representing the “unit of selection.” Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype, now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second edition of his highly-acclaimed The Selfish Gene. He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole organisms. We can then view changes in phenotypes—the end products of genes, like eye color or leaf shape, which are usually considered to increase the fitness of an individual—as serving the evolutionary interests of genes. Dawkins makes a convincing case that considering one’s body, personality, and environment as a field of combat in a kind of “arms race” between genes fighting to express themselves on a strand of DNA can clarify and extend the idea of survival of the fittest. This influential and controversial book illuminates the complex world of genetics in an engaging, lively manner.

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4 .) The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition—with a new Introduction by the Author Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene. Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel’s work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that “our” genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven’t thought of evolution in the same way since. Why are there miles and miles of “unused” DNA within each of our bodies? Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers? With a prophet’s clarity, Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce more of their own kind. Drawing fascinating examples from every field of biology, he paved the way for a serious re-evaluation of evolution.

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3 .) The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry by Bryan Sykes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker

One of the most dramatic stories of genetic discovery since James Watson’s The Double Helix—a work whose scientific and cultural reverberations will be discussed for years to come. In 1994 Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading world authority on DNA and human evolution, was called in to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy. News of both the Ice Man’s discovery and his age, which was put at over five thousand years, fascinated scientists and newspapers throughout the world. But what made Sykes’s story particularly revelatory was his successful identification of a genetic descendant of the Ice Man, a woman living in Great Britain today. How was Sykes able to locate a living relative of a man who died thousands of years ago? In The Seven Daughters of Eve, he gives us a firsthand account of his research into a remarkable gene, which passes undiluted from generation to generation through the maternal line. After plotting thousands of DNA sequences from all over the world, Sykes found that they clustered around a handful of distinct groups. Among Europeans and North American Caucasians, there are, in fact, only seven.

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2 .) Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Ranker
  • Telegraph

Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. From Huntington’s disease to cancer, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome. It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind.

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1 .) The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best DNA Testing Kits
  • Goodreads
  • The DNA Exchange

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information? Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, “It’s hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion…An extraordinary achievement.” Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or “write” the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.

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The 125+ Additional Best Genetic Books



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
14 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know Mark Henderson Goodreads
15 A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes Adam Rutherford Goodreads
16 A Cancer In The Family b
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17 A Children’s Story about Cells: For Children who Appreciate Biology Michael Bacotti
We Have Kids
18 A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution Jennifer A. Doudna Goodreads
19 A feeling for the organism Evelyn Fox Keller Ranker
20 A Genetic Switch: Phage Lambda Revisited Mark Ptashne.
Serious Science
21
A House in the Sky: And other uncommon animal homes
Science Book A Day
22 A Textbook of Genetics and Molecular Biology Sabyasachi Roychoudhuri Sanfoundry
23 Adam’s Curse: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Destiny Bryan Sykes Goodreads
24
Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate & Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing
Boston Globe
25 An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms Melanie Mitchell Ranker
26
Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?
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27 Autism
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28 Beggars In Spain
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29 Biology at Work Kingsley R Browne Five Books
30 Biology of Cancer Robert Weinberg Ranker
31 Blame
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32 Brave new worlds Bryan Appleyard Ranker
33 Characterology L. Hamilton McCormick Ranker
34 Cloning the Buddha Richard Heinberg Ranker
35 Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life Daniel Dennett Telegraph
36 Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project Spencer Wells Goodreads
37 DNA USA: A Genetic Biography of America Bryan Sykes Goodreads
38 DNA: The Secret of Life James D. Watson Goodreads
39 Encyclopedia of Genetics Ranker
40 Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom Sean B. Carroll Goodreads
41 Enjoy Your Cells Frances Balkwill
We Have Kids
42 Enough Bill McKibben Ranker
43 Eve & Adam Michael Grant Goodreads
44
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
The DNA Exchange
45 Experiments on Plant Hybrids Gregor Mendel.
Serious Science
46
Far From The Tree – Parents, Children, and The Search for Identity.
The DNA Exchange
47 Figments of Reality Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen Ranker
48 Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code Matt Ridley Ranker
49 Genes Brian J. Ford Ranker
50
Genes and DNA: A Beginner’s Guide to Genetics and Its Applications
Best DNA Testing Kits
51 Genes, Girls, and Gamow James D Watson Five Books
52 Genetic maps and human imaginations Barbara Katz Rothman Ranker
53 Genetics and Molecular Biology: With Fundamentals of Biostatistics David Hyde Sanfoundry
54
Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 6th Edition
Best DNA Testing Kits
55 Genetics: A Molecular Approach Dr Terry Brown Sanfoundry
56 Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes Daniel L Hartl and Maryellen Ruvolo Sanfoundry
57 Genetics: From Genes to Genomes
Best DNA Testing Kits
58 Genomic Regulatory Systems Eric H. Davidson Ranker
59 Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas Cheryl Bardoe
We Have Kids
60 Have a Nice DNA Frances Balkwill
We Have Kids
61
Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics
Boston Globe
62 Human Genetics 11th Edition
Best DNA Testing Kits
63 Human Natures Paul R. Ehrlich Ranker
64 In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity Daniel Kevles Ranker
65 Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives—and Our Lives Change Our Genes Sharon Moalem Goodreads
66
Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain
Science Book A Day
67
Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet
Science Book A Day
68 It Starts With a Seed
Science Book A Day
69 Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome Nessa Carey Goodreads
70 Jurassic Park Michael Crichton Goodreads
71 Lab Girl
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72 Life Histories of Genetic Disease
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73 Life Script Nicholas Wade Ranker
74
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and
The DNA Exchange
75
Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book
Science Book A Day
76 Long After Midnight Iris Johansen Ranker
77
Loose Leaf Version for Genetics: Analysis and Principles 5th Edition
Best DNA Testing Kits
78 Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth
Science Book A Day
79
Mapping Fate : A Memoir of Family, Risk, and Genetic Research
The DNA Exchange
80 Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins Steve Olson Goodreads
81 Masterminds David Ewing Duncan Ranker
82 Molecular Genetics; an Introductory Narrative Stent, G. and Calendar, R.
Serious Science
83 Molecular genetics: At a glance Phundan Singh Sanfoundry
84 Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body Armand Marie Leroi Goodreads
85 Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human Matt Ridley Goodreads
86 Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes Svante Pääbo Goodreads
87 Neural networks and genome informatics Catherine H. Wu Ranker
88 New patterns in genetics and development C. H. Waddington Ranker
89 News of The World
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90 Origins of Sex Dorion Sagan Ranker
91
Orphan – The Quest to Save Children With Rare Genetic Disorders
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92 Phenotypic plasticity Massimo Pigliucci Ranker
93 Prey Michael Crichton Goodreads
94 Principles of Genetics Robert Tamarin Sanfoundry
95 Principles of Geneticss Gardner and Simmons Sanfoundry
96 Problems on Genetics Molecular Genetics and Evolutionary Genetics Pranab Kumar Banerjee Sanfoundry
97 Psychogenetics Chris Griscom Ranker
98 Redesigning Humans Gregory Stock Ranker
99 Refiguring life Evelyn Fox Keller Ranker
100
Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves
Boston Globe
101 River Out of Eden Richard Dawkins Ranker
102 Rosalind Franklin Brenda Maddox Ranker
103 Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA Brenda Maddox Goodreads
104 School’s Out—Forever James Patterson Goodreads
105 Seize the Night Dean Koontz Goodreads
106 Shadows of Lancaster County Mindy Starns Clark Ranker
107 She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity Carl Zimmer Goodreads
108 Small Great Things
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109 Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease Sharon Moalem Goodreads
110 Synbat Bob Mayer Ranker
111
The $1,000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing and the New Era of Personalized Medicine
Boston Globe
112 The Agile Gene Matt Ridley Ranker
113 The Allure of Fungi
Science Book A Day
114 The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution Richard Dawkins Goodreads
115 The Angel Experiment James Patterson Goodreads
116 The Baby Biochemist: DNA (Volume 1) and The Baby Biochemist: RNA (Volume 2) Margot Alesund
We Have Kids
117 The biotech century Jeremy Rifkin Ranker
118 The Book of Life Barbara Katz Rothman Ranker
119 The cartoon guide to genetics Larry Gonick Ranker
120 The Century of the Gene Evelyn Fox Keller Ranker
121 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee Goodreads
122 The Essential Difference Simon Baron-Cohen Five Books
123 The Evolution of Desire David M Buss Five Books
124
The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It
Boston Globe
125 The Frankenstein syndrome Bernard Rollin Ranker
126
The Great Rhino Rescue: Saving the Southern White Rhinos (Sandra Markle’s Science Discoveries)
Science Book A Day
127 The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Richard Dawkins Goodreads
128 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot Goodreads
129 The Impact of the Gene Colin Tudge Ranker
130 The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures Christine Kenneally Goodreads
131 The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey Spencer Wells Goodreads
132 The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution Sean B. Carroll Goodreads
133 The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life Charles Darwin.
Serious Science
134 The Origins of the British Stephen Oppenheimer Ranker
135
The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
Science Book A Day
136 The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Matt Ridley Goodreads
137 The Regulatory Genome Eric H. Davidson Ranker
138 The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion Goodreads
139 The Sexual Paradox Susan Pinker Five Books
140 The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance David Epstein Goodreads
141 The Third Twin Ken Follett Ranker
142
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
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143 The Unfit Elof Axel Carlson Ranker
144 The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code Sam Kean Goodreads
145 The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi Goodreads
146 Time, Love, Memory Jonathan Weiner Ranker
147
Unwell: What Makes a Disease a Disease?
Science Book A Day
148 Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past David Reich Goodreads
149 Wonder R.J. Palacio Goodreads
150 Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Neil Shubin Goodreads


11 Best Books About Genetics Sources/Lists



Source Article
Best DNA Testing Kits Best Genetics Books for Medical Students: Top Books to Learn in Detail
Boston Globe Selected books on genetics – The Boston Globe
Five Books Genetics Archives | Five Books
Goodreads Popular Genetics Books – Goodreads
Ranker Best Genetics Books | List of Top Books About Genetics – Ranker
Sanfoundry Best Reference Books – Genetics, Molecular Genetics – Sanfoundry
Science Book A Day 10 Great Books on Genetics – Science Book a Day
Serious Science 5 books about genetics – Serious Science
Telegraph Best evolutionary biology books, from Stephen Jay Gould to Richard …
The DNA Exchange Open Reading Frame – The Books That Caught Genetic Counselors …
We Have Kids The Best Children’s Books About Cells, DNA, and Genetics …

 

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