The Tools of the Trade

The explosion of genetic knowledge in the last several decades can be attributed in large part to the discovery and development of a set of precise and powerful tools for analyzing and manipulating DNA. In these volumes, students will find clear explanations of how each of these tools work, as well as how they are used by scientists to conduct molecular genetic research. We also discuss how the computer and the Internet have radically expanded the ability of scientists to process large amounts of data. These technologies have made it possible to analyze whole genomes, leading not just to the discovery of new genes, but to a greater understanding of how entire genomes function and evolve.

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