Ronnee Yashon and Michael R. Cummings

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When you look into a microscope at a cell you will see a large circle near the center of the cell. This is the nucleus and holds the genetic material, or, chromosomes. Chromosomes are made of long strands of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and, therefore genes. Humans have 46 chromosomes, the focus of study in this book. First, the authors explore chromosomal morphology, then how they are reproduced (during cell division), and the normal and abnormal condition of chromosomes.

In this book, the authors discuss the biology of cells and their one important organelle: the nucleus. Within that organelle are the chromosomes, long strands of protein that are made of DNA and control our heredity.

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Ronnee Yashon

Ronnee Yashon is a nationally known expert in teaching genetics, ethics, and the law on all levels. She has a law degree and a background in teaching in the high school, undergraduate, and college levels. In addition, Ronnee has developed and presented numerous workshops for science teachers and disseminated interdisciplinary lessons at local and national conventions, including NSTA and NABT. Ronnee has presented this case study method all over the country and she has six case study books for teacher’s use.

Michael R. Cummings

Michael R. Cummings is the author or coauthor of several leading college textbooks, including Human Heredity Principles and Issues, Concepts of Genetics and Essentials of Genetics. He also authored an introductory biology text for nonmajors titled Biology: Science and Life. Mike was on the faculty of Illinois at Chicago for over 25 years, and won many awards for his teaching. He was twice named by graduating seniors as the best teacher in their years at the university.