The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee

In the last century, nuclear science changed the world; today, genetics has us again on the brink of a new age, but now it’s not just the world we’re remaking—it’s ourselves. Mukherjee skillfully retraces our steps, relating what we suspected about genetics before we found genes, how we learned to read their code, and, now, how we may rewrite it. The science is here in fascinating detail, along with the many ethical questions the new technologies raise. Reminding us that “genes are essentially a method of information transfer and data storage,” Mukherjee emphasizes that what matters is “what we do with this information.”

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ISBN: 9781476733500
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Published: Scribner - May 17th, 2016

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Published: Scribner - May 2nd, 2017