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A Short Guide to the Human Genome, by Stewart Scherer

In this handbook, Scherer provides short answers to commonly asked questions about the human genome. Each chapter covers one area related to genomics, including DNA, RNA, mobile elements, polymorphisms, and comparative genomics. He answers questions such as, which genes are most commonly associated with disease; how many mobile elements, sequence repeats, and protein kinases are encoded in the genome; and others.

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