Elementary Genetics.

John M. Opitz, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(5):794-795. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860050181033.
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Many good basic genetics books have been published in recent years, but of all those which have come to my attention I will unhesitatingly choose Singleton's Elementary Genetics as the best and most useful introduction to the subject. The old Srb and Owen is so sadly outdated that it will surely be supplanted by Singleton's book, and I can think of no better successor. This book is beautifully produced and bound and filled with innumerable diagrams, tables, photos, and drawings (some of them in excellent color). The text itself is lucid and clear and easy to follow, and the author's happy sense of humor makes the text delightful and enjoyable throughout. The book also contains the best glossary of genetic terms known to me and two very useful appendices listing all the known maize and mouse mutations.

Although this book holds a primary appeal for undergraduate students in zoology, botany,


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