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The gene : an intimate history

Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : 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: History
Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Siddhartha Mukherjee
ISBN: 9780099584575 0099584573
OCLC Number: 974495456
Awards: Short-listed for Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016 (UK)
Short-listed for Wellcome Book Prize 2017 (UK)
Description: 593 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
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 geneticists" 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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Spanning the globe and several centuries, this is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. It is also an intimate history  Read more...

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