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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 222

Book review II

Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Uppal Road, Nacharam, Hyderabad - 500 007, India

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Khosla S. Book review II. Indian J Med Microbiol 2003;21:222

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Khosla S. Book review II. Indian J Med Microbiol [serial online] 2003 [cited 2021 Mar 5];21:222. Available from:

DD Banker, Genes and Genetics. 1st edition. Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, Mumbai, 2002.
The beginning of the 20th century heralded the division of biology into subdivision like cell biology, genetics, developmental biology and so on. However, the advent of the 21st century has started seeing the intermingling of the various facets of biology. Whereas in the last century we were trying to decipher the primary units of life, we now are trying to figure out how these units define life.
In this context DD Banker's book “Genes and Genetics” has tried to being together the recent advances in various fields of biology. These are topics that have impacted or are on the threshold of influencing our current understanding of biology. The topics covered in the book range from biology of cell to basis of gene and genetic function to human genome to stem cells.
However, the information provided in the book is very limited. For some chapters the information is limited to defining a terminology and in most cases is very basic. The selection and order of presentation of the topics could have been better. A good example of this is the choice of a chapter on monoclonal antibodies, which seems to appear out of nowhere and does not gel with the overall flow of the book. The choice of topics seems to be out of place more so when read in context of the title of the book.
On the whole, it is a good effort on the part of the author of having collected all this information. However, the readers would have benefited if the author had also put more emphasis on collating the information.  

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