This book is a concise, illustrated guide to the anatomy, physiology, well-being, and disorders of human cells, chromosomes, and genes. It has been written and illustrated specially for students and laypeople interested in cell biology, medicine, health, and hygiene. The subject is dealt with in clear steps, so that the reader can steadily acquire a good overall understanding. Explanatory texts, diagrams, illustrations, captions, and fact boxes are combined to help readers grasp important information at a glance. A glossary of scientific and jargon words defines medical terms in everyday language. A list of Web sites provides links to other relevant sources of information, and the index enables quick access to articles.
There are five sections within the book. The first section looks in detail at the microscopic structure of human body cells. The second section describes and illustrates the chemical processes that take place within these cells. Section 3 focuses on cell growth and division. Section 4 deals with the structure and function of chromosomes, the genetic material within cells. Section 5 looks at the processes and outcomes of heredity and inheritance. Within sections 3 and 4, discussion and illustration of the structure and function of the cell components are followed by principles of cell disorders. Section 5 looks at medical advances in genetics. Information is presented as doublepage topics arranged in subsections