The Century of the Gene

@article{Radick2001TheCO,
  title={The Century of the Gene},
  author={Gregory Radick},
  journal={Heredity},
  year={2001},
  volume={86},
  pages={639-640}
}
  • G. Radick
  • Published 12 May 2001
  • Education
  • Heredity
As a recent convenor for a genetics MSc. course, I was amazed how many students graduating with a degree in genetics lack practical laboratory experience and possess limited knowledge of classical genetics. A good foundation of laboratory investigations is important to complement the theoretical information given in lectures and tutorials, but has been adversely a€ected by the need to keep costs down in many academic institutions in recent years. Genetics Ð Laboratory Investigations, the… 
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