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An edition of The Gene (2016)

The Gene

An Intimate History

1st Scribner hardcover ed. (1)
  • 4.15 ·
  • 13 Ratings
  • 87 Want to read
  • 1 Currently reading
  • 17 Have read
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Language
English
Pages
592

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The 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 of 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 codes.

This 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’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate 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.

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New York

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 551-554) and index.

The Washington Post 10 best books, 2016

The New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2016

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Copyright Date
2016

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
616/.042
Library of Congress
RB155 .M85 2016b, RB155

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
592 p., [8] p. of plates :
Number of pages
592

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26359464M
Internet Archive
geneintimatehist0000mukh
ISBN 10
1476733503
ISBN 13
9781476733500
LC Control Number
2015039962
OCLC/WorldCat
925266474
Amazon ID (ASIN)
1476733503
Goodreads
58455909

Work Description

The Gene: An Intimate History is a book written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an Indian-born American physician and oncologist. It was published on 17 May 2016 by Scribner. The book chronicles the history of the gene and genetic research, all the way from Aristotle to Crick, Watson and Franklin and then the 21st century scientists who mapped the human genome. The book discusses the power of genetics in determining people's well-being and traits. It delves into the personal genetic history of Siddhartha Mukherjee's family, including mental illness. However, it is also a cautionary message toward not letting genetic predispositions define a person or their fate, a mentality that the author says led to the rise of eugenics in history.

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