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The gene : an intimate history

Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author draws on his scientific knowledge and research to describe the magisterial history of a scientific idea, the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans; that governs our form, function, and fate; and that determines the future of our children. The story of the gene begins in earnest in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where Gregor  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Mukherjee, Siddhartha.
Gene.
(DLC) 2015039962
(OCoLC)925266474
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Siddhartha Mukherjee
ISBN: 9781476733531 1476733538
OCLC Number: 949803912
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 592 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Prologue: Families --
"The missing science of heredity" 1865-1935 --
"In the sum of the parts, there are only the parts" 1930-1970 --
"The dreams of geneticits" 1970-2001 --
"The proper study of mankind is man" 1970-2005 --
Through the looking glass 2001-2015 --
Post-genome 2015- ... --
Epilogue: Bheda, Abheda.
Responsibility: Siddhartha Mukherjee.
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author draws on his scientific knowledge and research to describe the magisterial history of a scientific idea, the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans; that governs our form, function, and fate; and that determines the future of our children. The story of the gene begins in earnest in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where Gregor Mendel, a monk working with pea plants, 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 postwar biology. It invades discourses concerning race and identity and provides startling answers to some of the most potent questions coursing through our political and cultural realms. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, temperament, choice, and free will, thus raising the most urgent questions affecting our personal realms. Above all, the story of the gene is driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds--from Mendel and Darwin to Francis Crick, James Watson, and Rosalind Franklin to the thousands of scientists working today to understand the code of codes. Woven through the book is the story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of schizophrenia, a haunting reminder that the science of genetics is not confined to the laboratory but is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The moral complexity of genetics reverberates even more urgently today as we learn to "read" and "write" the human genome--unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children and our children's children--Adapted from dust jacket.

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