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The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Gene: An Intimate History
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information? Siddhartha Mukherjee has a... show more
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.

As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, “It’s hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion…An extraordinary achievement.” Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or “write” the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781476733500 (1476733503)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
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Jess Reads
Jess Reads rated it
5.0 The Gene: An Intimate History
I am in utter awe of this book. Truly. It's fascinating and troubling and I wanted to start reading it all over again once I finished.
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 Tries to do too many things at once.
Although I have 'The Emperor of All Maladies' I have not yet read it. But after hearing this book was on its way and managing to snag a copy relatively quickly I thought I'd just go ahead and read it while I had it and hold off on 'Emperor'. Unfortunately it wasn't worth the wait. The book purport...
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5.0 The Gene: An Intimate History
The Gene: An Intimate History reads like both a textbook and an epic adventure tale. Siddhartha Mukherjee takes a serious scientific topic; captures history, terminology, facts, and figures; and presents it in an approachable way. I find myself unable to put the book down because I want to know what...
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