Not only covering the newsworthy topics of contemporary biology -such as gene therapy and the Human Genome Project -this book also provides a well-rounded introduction to the fundamental concepts and practical applications of genetics. Written specifically for nonbiologists, Genes and DNA covers all the basic concepts from classical and molecular genetics to quantitative and population genetics, including cloning and genetic diseases, and discusses the many applications of genetics to the world around us, from genetically modified foods to genetic testing. With minimal technical terminology and jargon, the book's strength is in its attention to the comprehension of concepts. The authors provide balanced coverage of controversial topics and encourage the reader to think independently, always stressing the scientific background and current facts. Throughout the text, innovative "Try This At Home" boxes and supplemental sidebars engage readers.