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Genetics and Evolution of the Domestic Fowl - Lewis Stevens

Genetics and Evolution of the Domestic Fowl

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Published: 29th November 1991
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The science of genetics has undergone a period of very rapid and significant development in recent years, and the area of poultry genetics has been no exception. This book provides a balanced and up-to-date account of all the major areas of this subject from Mendelian to modern molecular genetics. The book begins by tracing the evolution of the domestic fowl (Gallus domesticus) from its avian ancestors. Subsequent chapters cover important aspects of poultry genetics, including cytogenetics, transmission genetics, gene mapping, sex linkage, lethal genes, genetics of feathering and plumage, and quantitative genetics. In each chapter, a concise explanation of the genetic principles is followed by a full discussion illustrated by key examples. In the latter part of the book, recent advances in gene cloning and sequencing are examined. In the area of molecular genetics, where the most rapid developments have been made, more extensive background information is given and a glossary of terms is included. The impact of these exciting new developments on our understanding of gene structure and organization, immunogenetics, and the evolution of proteins is assessed. Finally, the uses of transgenic techniques and their implications are discussed. This book provides a clear and useful survey of the genetics and evolution of the domestic fowl, which will be of interest to postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of genetics, agriculture, and veterinary medicine, as well as to poultry breeders, both commercial and non-commercial.

' ... an extraordinary wealth of information.' Hans Abplanalp, Theoretical and Applied Genetics

The history and evolution of the domestic fowl
The cellular organisation of genetic material
The transmission of inherited characters
Sex determination and sex-linked inheritance in the domestic fowl
Linkage and chromosome mapping
Genes controlling feathering and plumage colour
Muscle, nerve and skeleton
Lethal genes in the domestic fowl
Quantitative genetics
Protein evolution and polymorphism
Immunogenetics of the domestic fowl
Gene cloning, sequencing and transfer
Appendices
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780521403177
ISBN-10: 0521403170
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 29th November 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.63