The DNA Saga: 50 years of the Double Helix, First edition, by Biman Basu. Softcover, 5.5" x 8.5".
Buy this book online by clicking here
Vigyan Prasar, C-24 Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016. Phones: 26864157, 26864022 Fax: 26965986; E-mail: email@example.com. Publication Date 2003. i-vii and 122, ISBN 81-7480-099-9. Price Indian Rupees 75.00
Buy this book online by clicking here
Just over 50 years ago Watson and Crick discovered the double helical structure of DNA. Today almost everyone seems to know about DNA and genetic modification. At least most people seem to use the words much more often and probably without much knowledge of the subject.
This book is the type that one would title "All You Wanted To Ask About DNA But Were Afraid To Ask"! Any one who reads this book cover to cover could attend the cocktail party at the annual meeting of bioscientists and geneticists and get away with it!
This is a concise but well written popular science type book on DNA. It is not a scholarly text and it was never meant to be one. Vigyan Prasar are publishers of Popular Science books in India. The author Biman Basu is a well-known popular science writer in India with a large number of books to his credit.
The book opens with Gregor Mendel who did the pioneering work in genetics. From peas we move seamlessly through fruit flies and into the double helix.
Basu doesn't forget to mention Rosalind Franklin who never got her due share of fame. Watson and Crick are there of course and from that point most readers would expect to move on to Alec Jeffreys and DNA Fingerprinting.
But wait a minute! What about the guys who worked on bacteriophages? And what about RNA and mRNA? What about the guys who broke the DNA code? They are all here and what a fascinating story!
Most people associate DNA with detective work and I suspect that young readers would probably jump straight into the chapter entitled "Detective DNA". Hopefully, they would then go back to read the preceding chapters.
& A good read and essential reading for young biology students.
& It is a pity that such readable books were not available when I was a student!
& Any one who reads this book cover to cover could attend the cocktail party at the annual meeting of bioscientists and geneticists and get away with it!
& "All You Wanted To Ask About DNA But Were Afraid To Ask"!
The last chapters of the book cover the mapping of the Human Genome and the Dolly the Sheep saga.
There is a chronological summary, a glossary and a standard index in the last few pages.
The book is illustrated throughout with colour illustrations and photographs. Some of the historical photographs are of course in black and white.
The book is printed on good quality coated paper. The print and binding qualities are excellent.
A good read and essential reading for young biology students. It is a pity that such readable books were not available when I was a student!
Dr. Gyan Fernando is a Forensic Pathologist in the West Country of England. He has a vast experience in forensic DNA typing.
Other reviews of this book:
1. Review in RESONANCE (March 2004 issue) by S Mahadevan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.ias.ac.in/resonance/March2004/March2004BookReviews.htm (html version)
www.ias.ac.in/resonance/March2004/pdf/March2004BookReview1.pdf (pdf version)
2. Review in The Hindu (Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003) by R. PARTHASARATHY
Order this Book by clicking here.
Request a PDF file of this review by clicking here. (If your screen resolution can not be increased, or if printing this page is giving you problems like overlapping of graphics and/or tables etc, you can take a proper printout from a pdf file. You will need an Acrobat Reader though.)
1. The DNA Story
N.B. It is essential to read this journal - and especially this review as it contains several tables and high resolution graphics - under a screen resolution of 1600 x 1200 dpi or more. If the resolution is less than this, you may see broken or overlapping tables/graphics, graphics overlying text or other anomalies. It is strongly advised to switch over to this resolution to read this journal - and especially this review. These pages are viewed best in Netscape Navigator 4.7 and above.
Books for review must be submitted at the following address.
Professor Anil Aggrawal (Editor-in-Chief)
Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
S-299 Greater Kailash-1
Click here to contact us.
This page has been constructed and maintained by Dr. Anil Aggrawal, Professor of Forensic Medicine, at the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi-110002. You may want to give me the feedback to make this pages better. Please be kind enough to write your comments in the guestbook maintained above. These comments would help me make these pages better.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL PAPERS APPEARING IN THIS ONLINE JOURNAL ARE COPYRIGHTED BY "ANIL AGGRAWAL'S INTERNET JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND TOXICOLOGY" AND MAY NOT BE REPOSTED, REPRINTED OR OTHERWISE USED IN ANY MANNER WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE WEBMASTER
Questions or suggestions ? Please use ICQ 19727771 or email to email@example.com
Page Professor Anil Aggrawal via ICQ