Book Review: Genetics for Dummies

Reviewed by Luke Elliott

Genetics for Dummies by Tara Robinson was a very educational book. The book has current information, as it is an updated second edition. This book was very informative and explains its contents in a way that a “dummy” could understand without losing the interest of someone with a basic understanding of the concepts.

Genetics for Dummies is divided into multiple sections. It ranges from history of genetics, to how processes of genetics work, to controversial genetics issues. The sections are then divided into chapters, which are filled with necessary information, interesting factoids, and stories related to the information in the chapter. The book uses symbols to make it easy to separate what is relevant and what is not. The final few sections is mainly history and interesting stories of genetics.

In my opinion I would not recommend this book to everyone. If you are interested in genetics or you just want to learn something new, then definitely read it, but if you’re only looking for something to casually read, then it is not for you. I would rate Genetics for Dummies by Tara Robinson 52 out of 60 chromosomes.

Luke Elliot was a sophomore in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys playing video games, watching television, and being the current Sophomore Class president.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.


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