Recent advances that allow scientists to quickly and accurately sequence a genome have revolutionized our view of the structure and function of genes as well as our understanding of evolution. A new era of genetics is underway – one that allows us to fully embrace Dobzhansky’s famous statement that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”.  Genetics: Genes, Genomes, and Evolution reflects the excitement of this new era, presenting the fundamental principles of genetics and molecular biology from an evolutionary perspective informed by genome analysis.

By using what has been learned from the analyses of bacterial and eukaryotic genomes as the basis of our book, we are able to unite evolution, genomics, and genetics in one narrative approach.  Genome analysis is inherently both molecular and evolutionary, and we approach every chapter from this unified perspective.  Thus, rather than relying on separate chapters on genome analysis or evolutionary principles and expecting the student to synthesize them with the principles of classical genetics, we include these as part of each topic. Similarly, the study of genomes has provided a deeper appreciation of the profound relationships between all organisms; we reflect this in our decision not to separate bacterial from eukaryotic evolution, genetics and genomics.  There are chapters in which bacterial genetics, molecular genetics or evolutionary principles are more prominent, but all chapters include and integrate these concepts.

How does Genetics: Genes, Genomes, and Evolution reflect the new era of genetics?