The 10 Best Genetics Textbooks

video play icon 10 Best Genetics Textbooks
The Biology of Cancer
Human Genetics
The Gene: An Intimate History

This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Fascinating and complex, genetics is an ever-changing science that requires considerable devotion. Whether you’re a student working toward a career in the field or an enthusiastic autodidact, one of these textbooks will give you a better grasp on this varied discipline. Our list features authoritative editions that cater to a host of specialties, as well as informative introductory volumes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best genetics textbook on Amazon.

10. The Gene: An Intimate History

9. Conservation and the Genetics of Populations

8. Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes

7. Introduction to Veterinary Genetics

6. Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding

5. Human Genetics

4. Genetics: A Conceptual Approach

3. Genetics: Analysis and Principles

2. Biotechnology, 2nd Edition

1. The Biology of Cancer

Editor's Notes

March 07, 2019:

Genetics is a broad science that affects myriad industries, from the medical and veterinary fields to animal and habitat conservation and biology, so we arranged a varied list that catered to an array of students and enthusiasts. We ranked based on authority, comprehensiveness and pedagogy, and prioritized texts that were clearly and thoughtfully written. For those focusing on flora and fauna, we included Conservation and the Genetics of Populations, Introduction to Veterinary Genetics, and Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding. Added The Gene: An Intimate History and Human Genetics for those interested in hereditary traits. Genetics: A Conceptual Approach and Genetics: Analysis and Principles will provide information on big-picture concepts, while the definitive and well-composed Biology of Cancer will benefit oncologists, among others.

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on March 11, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

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