Why are some of us male and others female? What makes us short or tall, blond or brunette, light-skinned or dark? What causes defects in our biochemistry that lead to debilitating illnesses and physical or other handicaps? The answer is genetics. Written by a highly respected geneticist, The Wonder of Genetics provides readers with a refreshingly clear overview of this seemingly complex but incredibly diverse and fascinating area of science. This volume also debunks many of the most commonly-held myths surrounding genetics, and examines how the science of genetics has the potential for improving human civilization.