Charles F. Kerchner, Jr., has published a new dictionary that is going to remain on my bookshelf, within arm's reach, for a long time. I am still in "learning mode" when it comes to DNA and genetics, and I suspect I'll be referring to this dictionary often as I become more and more immersed in the topic
As you might expect, the Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary contains definitions of words, terms, acronyms, and abbreviations found in genetics. It also serves as a pronunciation guide. What surprised me, however, was the number of drawings. The dictionary contains drawings of the Nuclear DNA Structure, a Double Helix Structure of a DNA molecule, a pictorial of DNA containing Organelles in a human cell (and the word "Organelles" is also explained), a male Karyotype Diagram, and more.
I won't say this is an "easy to read" book. Indeed, I struggled for a bit with "Deduced Ancestral Haplotype" and "Tetra-Nucleotide Repeat." However, Mr. Kerchner translates those terms nearly to layman's English. This slim spiral-bound booklet serves to reduce the mystique surrounding all the new buzzwords found in DNA. You can even see a few pages of this dictionary on Kerchner's web site. That will give you an excellent preview of the typical entries found within this dictionary.
Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.'s Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary is a great resource for beginners in DNA testing. The better understanding of this topic should be a useful complement to traditional genealogical research.
For more information about the Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary, to see the sample pages, or to safely order the dictionary via PayPal's safe and secure system, go to http://www.kerchner.com/books/ggdictionary.htm.