The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling writer of The Emperor of All Maladies—a really good historical past of the gene and a reaction to the defining query of the longer term: What turns into of being human once we learn how to “read” and “write” our personal genetic information?

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, extraordinary, and illuminating as his terribly profitable biography of melanoma. Weaving technology, social background, and private narrative to inform us the tale of 1 of crucial conceptual breakthroughs of recent instances, Mukherjee animates the hunt to appreciate human heredity and its astonishing impression on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

in the course of the narrative, the tale of Mukherjee’s personal family—with its tragic and bewildering heritage of psychological illness—cuts like a brilliant, purple line, reminding us of the numerous questions that hold over our skill to translate the technology of genetics from the laboratory to the true international. In wonderful prose and with an intuition for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of analysis and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, throughout the innovative twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.

As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, “It’s challenging to consider many books for a normal viewers that experience rendered any region of contemporary technological know-how and know-how with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion…An notable achievement.” Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial historical past of a systematic notion coming to existence, and a vital training for the ethical complexity brought by means of our skill to create or “write” the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everybody keen on the definition and way forward for humanity. this can be the main the most important technological know-how of our time, in detail defined through a grasp.

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