Laboratory Manual of Genetics: Theoretical and Applied Foundations published by SBU

The book "Laboratory Manual of Genetics: Theoretical and Applied Foundations" written by Dr. Shirin Farivar, associate professor of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology of SBU, with assistance by Roya Ramezankhani and Abolfazl Omidifar, has been published recently by SBU Press in 207 pages.

You look like a mouse more than you think! Today, organisms such as mice, yeast, and vinegar flies are used as "models" to study genetics and human diseases and how traits are inherited. What information does the study of these creatures reveal about us?

Direct study of the human genome is not easily possible in practice due to the inclusion of various factors influencing processes and the existence of large gene and protein networks. For this reason, in various fields of life sciences, especially in genetic studies and clarification of molecular processes such as cell division (mitosis and meiosis), model organisms and in vitro experiments are used, and common and simple laboratory methods help researchers in this regard.

The present book consists of three chapters: Classical Genetics, Human Genetics, and Molecular Genetics. These chapters examine the theoretical foundations and implementation type of basic applied methods in genetic research from fundamentals to molecular. Each of these analytical approaches has a unique ability; classical genetics has the ability to discover key biological contexts and their phenotypic effects; molecular genetics, on the other hand, is unique in its ability to untangle cellular mechanisms. To imagine one without the other is a difficult task and a reckless course. On the other hand, having theoretical information without having practical experiences in any science will not help to achieve practical solutions of that science in society.

This book is written based on the author’ many years of educational experience. In this work, the author has tried to introduce laboratory methods in both classical and molecular fields, because these methods are of special importance. Thus, students and researchers can develop an integrated view of practical genetic principles using both approaches.