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In Genetics and You, John F. Jackson, MD, an eminent medical geneticist of many years' experience, presents everything you need to know to understand and deal with inherited disease and its risks. He explains in simple understandable language the sometimes baffling principles of genetics that underlie genetic disorders. From these principles, Dr. Jackson clarifies the process of genetic counseling, demonstrates the importance of constructing a family pedigree, and describes the latest methods of prenatal diagnosis. You will also learn about the role of environmental factors in producing birth defects, how the new techniques from molecular biology can help in their early detection and prevention, and what your reproductive options may be. A glossary of terms reduces to everyday language the sometimes mystifying technical jargon used by geneticists. There is also an annotated bibliography describing other books to consult, as well as a list of organizations to contact for further information and help with specific problems.
Foreword. Preface. Principles of Genetics. Chromosomes, Genes, and DNA. Sex Determination-Xs and Ys. The Genetic Shuffle. Genetic Linkage. Flipping Coins. Cutting the Cards. Genetic Counseling. Definition. Who Needs Counseling? What the Counselor Needs. Constructing a Pedigree. Prenatal Diagnosis. Indications. Sonography. Amniocentesis. Chorionic Villus Sampling. Chromosome Abnormalities. Biochemical Disorders. a-Fetoprotein. Teratogens. The New Genetics. RFLPs, PCR, and DNA Fingerprints. Some Common Inherited Diseases. Cholesterol, Hearts, and Heads. Transplantation. Cancer Genetics. Special Mechanisms of Inheritance. The Human Genome. Getting Your Questions Answered. Your Personal Physician. Referral to a Geneticist. What to Expect. Early Detection and Prevention. Treatment. Foundations and Societies. Dealing with Your Decisions. Nature: Why Did This Happen? Risks: Why Did This Happen to Me? Burden: What Does It Mean to Me? Reproductive Options. The Crystal Ball. Genetic Engineering. Cloning. Glossary. A Brief Annotated Reference List. Index.