Cats are not peas : a calico history of genetics /
Laura Gould.
New York, NY : Copernicus, c1996.
xvi, 228 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0387947965 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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New York, NY : Copernicus, c1996.
0387947965 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-215) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-02-01:
This is surely the most unusual history of genetics in print. The author, not a genetics professional, set out to understand the genetics of her male tortoiseshell cat (he turned out to be an XXY/XY mosaic) and, in the process, has combined anecdotes about her cats, what digging up information is like, and much of the history of classical genetics. There are some mentions of peas and Drosophila, but the book offers thorough coverage of publications on the inheritance of the main coat-color genes in cats, exhaustive enough that it is worth reading as a history of genetics. Although other works are less idiosyncratic and provide broader coverage, this book is more interesting (unless one cannot abide cats), as the author clearly has an inquisitive mind and is a good writer. There are appropriate diagrams and figures, a glossary, and even a list of questions. This reviewer wishes that Gould had not decided to substitute her own term "reluctance" for nondisjunction. Doing so is strange, especially since she uses many other standard genetics terms. Nevertheless, a book for all levels of readers. M. LaBar Southern Wesleyan University
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