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The Gene An Intimate History

F sexuality temperament choice and free will This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick James Watson and Rosalind Franklin and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codesThis is an epic moving history of a scientific idea coming to life by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies But woven through The Gene like a red line is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’. Cannot begin to tell you what I learned from this fascinating study of The Gene but I gained great insight from the thorough research of Siddhartha Mukherjee I am destined for a second readlisten The audio narration by Dennis Boutsikaris made this compelling very well paced with a distinct and pleasant tonal uality Highly recommended

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Spanning the globe and several centuries The Gene is the story of the uest to decipher the master code that makes and defines humans that governs our form and functionThe story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’ It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s The gene transforms post war biology It reorganizes our understanding o. I think this was really good and even better than The Emperor of All Maladies which I just read recently as well I might have enjoyed this one because it s relevant to my current day to day thing though I really liked the way it ties in the personal elements of genetics through out the book and how it acknowledges really important uestions of what we actually deem normal and healthy I feel like a lot of times there isn t as much acknowledgement of the tradeoffs made when trying to eliminate genetic variants that in this current environment are maladaptive or considered pathological but may confer other advantages in a different environment Also I think there isn t as much acknowledgement that we don t know enough to even say if a specific variant is abnormal in the collouial sense and what the downs The Line post war biology It reorganizes our understanding o. I think this was really good and even better than The Emperor of All Maladies which I just read recently as well I might have enjoyed this one because it s relevant to my current day to day thing though I really liked the way it ties in the Your Naughty Playmate 3 - Cuckolding Fantasy personal elements of genetics through out the book and how it acknowledges really important uestions of what we actually deem normal and healthy I feel like a lot of times there isn t as much acknowledgement of the tradeoffs made when trying to eliminate genetic variants that in this current environment are maladaptive or considered Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya pathological but may confer other advantages in a different environment Also I think there isn t as much acknowledgement that we don t know enough to even say if a specific variant is abnormal in the collouial sense and what the downs

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S own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives These concerns reverberate even urgently today as we learn to “read” and “write” the human genome – unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our childrenMajestic in its ambition and unflinching in its honesty The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity – and a vision of both humanity’s past and futur. I m not going to lie there were some pages of this book where all my mind saw was science science science science etc etc over and over again instead of the actual words which apparently make sense to people cleverer than me Happily though the vast majority of the book is written in a engaging and approachable fashion Nevertheless it clearly represents a vast amount of research spanning the field from Aristotle to the present day It plots the path of ever increasing knowledge and specific theories about the means of heredity Detailed descriptions of research the individuals and teams who undertook it every step forward and backwards the social moral scientific and political implications of new information and techniues all these things and Mukherjee has addressed in this biography of the gene Hi


10 thoughts on “The Gene An Intimate History

  1. says:

    I have this tendency when I read a book as brilliantly informing as this one to wipe the froth from my mouth shuffle the pages of notes I've written contemporaneous to the reading and plunge into the cocktail party which is this forum grabbing each of you by the virtual lapels and launching into a lecture about one of the hundreds of things I learned in the process As if you know I missed some of the frothSo imagine me back from some jour

  2. says:

    I think this was really good and even better than The Emperor of All Maladies which I just read recently as well I might have enjoyed this one because it's relevant to my current day to day thing though I really liked the way it ties in the personal elements of genetics through out the book and how it acknowledges really important

  3. says:

    Hello bookish peepsAnother one of my review has been posted on our country's largest daily newspaper's website The Times of India This book is the story of the birth growth and future of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in the history of science the gene the fundamental unit of heredity and the basic unit of all biological information ISiddhartha MukherjeeThe 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha

  4. says:

    I listened to the BBC abridged audio book as I often do before ordering it I like hardbacks so I try and be sure first I want to read it I didn't like it enough I loved The Emperor of All Maladies A Biography of Cancer but couldn't feel that deep interest with this oneNow it could be that the book is fantastic and it had a lousy editor at the BBC Oliver Sacks autobiography On the Move A Life is a 10 star book but the abridged BBC

  5. says:

    In this beautifully written vivid history of genetics; Mukherjee takes us by the hand and walks us through the hall of fame of all the people who are the reason for modern biology as we study it today His picturesue descriptions make the book a joy to readStarting with Mendel and ending with embryonic stem cell research and beyon

  6. says:

    Cannot begin to tell you what I learned from this fascinating study of The Gene but I gained great insight from the thorough research of Siddhartha Mukherjee I am destined for a second readlisten The audio narration by Dennis Boutsikaris made this compelling very well paced with a distinct and pleasant tonal uality High

  7. says:

    Not half as good a narrative as The Emperor of All Maladies but still a good account of the Gene's journey and w

  8. says:

    Thanks goes to Netgalley and a wonderful author for a wonderfully told series of stories within the world of geneticsI was worried bri

  9. says:

    I'm not going to lie there were some pages of this book where all my mind saw was 'science science science science' etc etc over and over again instead of the actual words which apparently make sense to people clev

  10. says:

    Siddhartha Mukherjee Pulitzer's Prize winning book The Emperor of All Maladiesscared the hell out of me right fro

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