[PDF] The Gene An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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  • The Gene An Intimate History
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • English
  • 19 May 2019
  • 9781476733500

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Read & Download Û The Gene An Intimate History 105 Siddhartha Mukherjee Æ 5 Summary characters 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’ 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 beyond the fascinating story of genetic research is given in the book There are life stories of many exceptional scientists Unfortunately many examples of bad science and faux scientists can also be found I am particularly glad that Rosalind Franklin who died at age 36 due to ovarian cancer most likely because of Xray exposure from her experiments and her work without which DNA structure would not have been understood is given the importance and acknowledgement in this book Students of medicine biology and related fields as well as anyone with an interest in the history and future of science will enjoy and learn a lot from The Gene

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The Gene An Intimate History

Read & Download Û The Gene An Intimate History 105 Siddhartha Mukherjee Æ 5 Summary characters The Gene An Intimate History 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 downstream effects might be to eliminating that specific variant I think Mukherjee did a great job reckoning with that here I also just really like have historical context and things explained to me accessibly but in a thorough fashion This was really great definitely going to end up being one of the better books I read this year An Impolite Seduction (Countess Trilogy year

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Read & Download Û The Gene An Intimate History 105 Siddhartha Mukherjee Æ 5 Summary characters The Gene An Intimate History 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 His evaluative skill is piercing and never so when looking at the dangers inherent in being able to modify our very nature Of course eugenics and the Nazis are covered but he casts the net wider into forced sterilisations in America and movements in the UK to create better people Not only that he investigates the presence of these issues in contemporary society asking whether our increasing capacity to make changes to our genes is balanced by a real understanding of the ethical implications Yet he doesn t fail to point out how the lives of many people with certain genetic conditions have been vastly improved by the new science As with so much of technological and scientific advancement ideas about morality are inherently intertwined with the way it is actually used It was a compelling read though challenging Very much worth taking the time to understand an area that will I think come to affect our lives in and ways as the years passMany thanks to Random HouseVintage and Netgalley for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review An Impolite Seduction (Countess Trilogy years passMany thanks to Random HouseVintage and Netgalley for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review