In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA

In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA

James Schwartz


The secret of inheritance has captivated thinkers considering that antiquity, and the unlocking of this mystery―the improvement of classical genetics―is one in all humanity’s maximum achievements. This nice clinical and human drama is the tale advised totally and for the 1st time during this book.

Acclaimed technological know-how author James Schwartz offers the background of genetics during the eyes of a dozen or so crucial gamers, starting with Charles Darwin and finishing with Nobel laureate Hermann J. Muller. In tracing the rising thought of the gene, Schwartz deconstructs many often-told tales that have been intended to mirror glory at the members and unearths that the “official” model of discovery usually hides a much more complicated and illuminating narrative. the invention of the constitution of DNA and the more moderen advances in genome technological know-how symbolize the end result of 1 hundred years of targeted inquiry into the character of the gene. Schwartz’s multifaceted education as a mathematician, geneticist, and author allows him to supply a remarkably lucid account of the advance of the significant rules approximately heredity, and even as deliver to lifestyles the intense and sometimes eccentric people who formed those ideas.

In the spirit of the overdue Stephen Jay Gould, this booklet bargains a completely enticing tale approximately one of many oldest and such a lot arguable fields of medical inquiry. It bargains readers the heritage they should comprehend the newest findings in genetics and people nonetheless to come back within the look for the genetic foundation of complicated illnesses and traits.

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