It's Christmas-time and, living overseas, receiving books through online ordering is one of the easiest ways to get gifts. This Christmas, I'm interested in getting a text on genetics and molecular genetics.
I'm interested in an encyclopedic, intro-grad level book (similar to Kandel, Schwartz and Jessel's "Principles of Neural Science", if you know that book). I believe that if I had such a book, I could find supporting information online that would help me understand things I couldn't quite understand from the book.
Any suggestions of textbook titles would be much appreciated. If you can give a reason for why you like that textbook, that would help as well when I go about choosing.
The last appears to be the most "encyclopedic", it's easily as thick as the two others put together.
Prior to her graduate studies my wife had no particular, in-depth training in molecular genetics, so these should be at about the level you're looking for.
Hopefully this helps. These are the books reccommended to her by the entomology department at the University of Missouri at Columbia, one of the foremost ento programs in the country. Other than that, as a total biology n00b I can't really assess their quality.
The others sound interesting too, but "Molecular Systematics" sounds a bit broader in scope.
My wife says she likes it because it outlines the procedures and applications of the main laboratory techniques used in molecular genetics today. Fipping through the table of contents, it certainly gives an impression of encyclopedic breadth in regards to how work in the field is actually done.
Yes, I got the version with the CD-Rom, though I barely used it because the book is quite illustrated as it is. I did check out a few of the CD's exercises and visualizations though, and they definately help remembering all the information.
As for supplementary materials, I either bought a solutions manual seperately or it came with it. It's only necessary if you want to do all the random exercises they have at the end of each chapter.
All in all, I thought it was a good introduction to the subject. It's not dumbed down and it's not overly detailed.