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The Best Books About Genetics 

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List of best books about genetics, including jacket cover images when available. All these popular books on genetics are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched genetics bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books - fiction or non-fiction - about genetics. If you're looking for a list of top books on genetics then you're in the right place.

You can rank all of these books, from The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution to Brave new worlds. You should be able to answer the question, "What are the best books about genetics?" after checking out this list.

This greatest genetics book list contains various bits of information, such as the author's names and what genre the books fall under. Most of these genetics books can be bought on Amazon with one easy click.

Genetics is a topic that both Dean Koontz and Ken Follett have written books about, as have other fantastic authors.

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Encyclopedia of Genetics... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About Genetics

Subjects: Genetics

The Encyclopedia of Genetics is a print encyclopedia of genetics edited by Sydney Brenner and Jeffrey H. Miller. It has four volumes and 1,700 entries. It is available online at ...more
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The Selfish Gene is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Richard Dawkins

Subjects: Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Natural history, Science, Biology, + more

The Selfish Gene is a book on sociobiology by Richard Dawkins, first published in 1976, with the purpose "to examine the biology of selfishness and altruism". Dawkins used the term ...more
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New patterns in genetics... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
C. H. Waddington

Subjects: Embryology, Genetics

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The Frankenstein syndrom... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Bernard Rollin

Subjects: Natural history, Genetic engineering, Science, Biology, Genetics

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The Extended Phenotype ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Richard Dawkins

Subjects: Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Natural history, Science, Biology, + more

The extended phenotype is a biological concept introduced by Richard Dawkins in a 1982 book with the same title. The main idea is that phenotype should not be limited to biological processes ...more
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The 10,000 Year Explosio... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Henry Harpending, Gregory Cochran

Subjects: Anthropology, Biological anthropology, Civilization, Evolution, Human evolution, + more

Genres (Book): Non-fiction

The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution is a book by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending.
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A feeling for the organi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Evelyn Fox Keller

Subjects: Women, United States of America, Biology, Genomics, Genetics

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiography, Science

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Neural networks and geno... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Catherine H. Wu

Subjects: Natural history, Biology, Genetics

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Shadows of Lancaster Cou... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Mindy Starns Clark

Subjects: Genetics

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The Book of Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Barbara Katz Rothman

Subjects: Genomics, Genetics, Business ethics

Genres (Book): Philosophy, Science, Sociology

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An Introduction to Genet... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Melanie Mitchell

Subjects: Natural history, Biology, Genetics

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Synbat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Bob Mayer

Subjects: Espionage, Army, Adventure, Research, United States of America, + more

Genres (Book): Fiction, Science Fiction

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Francis Crick: Discovere... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Matt Ridley

Subjects: DNA, Research, Natural history, Science, Biology, + more

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Biology of Cancer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Robert Weinberg

Subjects: Medical, Oncology, Cancer, Internal medicine, Medicine, + more

Genres (Book): Mathematics, Science

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The Impact of the Gene ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Colin Tudge

Subjects: Genomics, History, Genetics

Genres (Book): Mathematics, Science

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Genetics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Eugene Walter, Herbert E. Walter

Subjects: Natural history, Science, Biology, Genomics, Genetics

Genres (Book): Science

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Genetic maps and human i... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Barbara Katz Rothman

Subjects: Research, Natural history, Science, Biology, Genetics

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Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
David Ewing Duncan

Subjects: Genomics, Genetics

Genres (Book): Mathematics, Biography, Science

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In the Name of Eugenics:... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Daniel Kevles

Subjects: Eugenics, Genetic engineering, Genetics

Genres (Book): Non-fiction

In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity is a book by Daniel Kelves.
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Genes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Brian J. Ford

Subjects: DNA, Ecology, Molecular biology, Genomics, Genetics, + more

Genres (Book): Nature, Science

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Characterology is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
L. Hamilton McCormick

Subjects: Philosophy, Anatomy, Temperament, Physiognomy, Phrenology, + more

Genres (Book): Mathematics, Science

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Refiguring life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Evelyn Fox Keller

Subjects: Gender studies, Philosophy of science, Natural history, Technological Innovations, Science, + more

Genres (Book): Philosophy, Science

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Time, Love, Memory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Jonathan Weiner

Subjects: Technology, Natural history, Genetic engineering, Science, Zoology, + more

Genres (Book): Mathematics, Biography, Autobiography, Science

Time, Love, Memory is a book by Jonathan Weiner.
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The cartoon guide to gen... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Larry Gonick

Subjects: Biotechnology, Natural history, Science, Biology, Genomics, + more

Genres (Book): Mathematics, Science

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Brave new worlds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About Genetics
Bryan Appleyard

Subjects: Natural history, Genetic engineering, Science, Biology, Genetics