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Principles of Genetics.

John M. Opitz, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(3):462-463. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870090146034.
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At the present time there are available to the college and graduate student in biology a great number of basic genetics books, and among these Gardner's book surely is one of the best. I am very happy that Dr. Gardner has been able to find the time to revise the first edition of his book so thoroughly. In addition to being Professor of Zoology, Dr. Gardner is also Dean of the College of Sciences at Utah State University. He has made many significant contributions not only to basic genetics but also to human genetics and he is one of the few basic geneticists whose name is used eponymically for a human disease (Gardner's syndrome).1

The first one half of the book is a lucid and well-written exposition of classic genetics. The first chapter defines genetics and gives a historical review of the subjects; all subsequent chapters continue this admirable


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