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Mutants : on genetic variety and the human body

Author: Armand Marie Leroi
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2005, ©2003.
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"In Mutants, Armand Marie Leroi gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic grammar and the people whose bodies have revealed it, balancing both the science and the stories behind some of history's most captivating figures - including a French convent girl who found herself changing sex upon puberty; children who, echoing Homer's Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Leroi, Armand Marie.
Mutants.
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2005, ©2003
(OCoLC)698053808
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Armand Marie Leroi
ISBN: 0142004820 9780142004821
OCLC Number: 57743800
Description: xv, 431 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Mutants (An introduction) --
II. A Perfect Join (On embryos) --
III. The Last Judgement (On first parts) --
IV. Cleppies (On arms and legs) --
V. Flesh of my Flesh, Bone of my Bone (On skeletons) --
VI. The War with the Cranes (On growth) --
VII. The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole (On gender) --
VIII. A Fragile Bubble (On skin) --
IX. The Sober Life (On ageing) --
X. Anthropometamorphosis (An epilogue).
Responsibility: Armand Marie Leroi.

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"In Mutants, Armand Marie Leroi gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic grammar and the people whose bodies have revealed it, balancing both the science and the stories behind some of history's most captivating figures - including a French convent girl who found herself changing sex upon puberty; children who, echoing Homer's Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarfs; a hairy family that was kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations (and from which Darwin took one of his keenest insights into heredity); and the ostrich-footed Wadoma of the Zambezi River Valley."--Jacket.

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