Lecturer, Professor Betsey Dexter Dyer, Wheaton College. "14 lectures"--Container. With tracks approximately every 5 minutes. Bibliog. Accompanying course guide includes bibliographical references. Summary "Professor Dyer examines the wide-ranging field of genetics, which is the study of the hereditary information of organisms, how it is used, and how it is transferred through generations. These lectures also address DNA sequences and how they apply to "genetic engineering," viruses, and genetic diseases such as cancers and birth defects. In addition to examining why people look and act the way they do, the course also considers the philosophical issues associated with such controversial topics as cloning and genetic ID cards."--Container. Contents Lecture 1. The long history of practical genetics -- Lecture 2. What did Gregor Mendel do? -- Lecture 3. What did Mendel do next? -- Lecture 4. A cookie factory in a black box designed by Rube Goldberg -- Lecture 5. How mammals get their colors -- Lecture 6. The importance of environment: in the short term -- Lecture 7. Environment over the long term : the genetics of populations -- Lecture 8. DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) -- Lecture 9. Transcription and translation : the metaphor of an error-prone medieval monk in a scriptorium -- Lecture 10. Chromosomes, mitosis, and meiosis : how DNA is packaged for moving -- Lecture 11. Mutations -- Lecture 12. Regulating the genes and the dramatic consequences of regulatory mutations -- Lecture 13. Viruses, jumping genes, and symbionts : whose DNA is it and what are the new philosophical questions? -- Lecture 14. Conclusions.