Chapter 26 : A Story of Genetics in Action

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In this chapter, the authors have reprinted an article by Tom Schachtman that was published in the Smithsonian magazine in February 2006. It tells the story of D. Holmes Morton's medical genetics work among the Amish and Mennonites in Pennsylvania. It touches on all aspects of genetics, from classical pedigree studies to identification of disease genes to microchips. The authors provide this article as a compelling humanitarian story that can be used as a basis for integrating genetics and molecular biology information, as well as for putting medical genetics into historical context. They have supplied some questions for research and discussion that will require information not found in the article. They provide answers to the scientific questions and pointers for the history questions. They do not intend the answers to the questions to be complete—students can find much more information on every topic. The chapter includes answers to questions for research and discussion.

Citation: Kreuzer H, Massey A. 2008. A Story of Genetics in Action, p 373-380. In Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: A Guide for Teachers, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816100.ch26
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