The Gene

An Intimate History
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Product Number: DD25170
Released: May 17, 2016
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ISBN: #9781508211389
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies-a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information? The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family-with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness-cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation-from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Thomas Morgan to Crick, Watson and Rosa Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, "It's hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion.An extraordinary achievement." Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or "write" the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.

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The Gene
Product Number: BX00072677
Product Number:DD25170
Product Number:Z100136004

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Narrator(s): Dennis Boutsikaris
Product Number Z100136004
Released: Feb 12, 2018
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ISBN: #9781508211396
Product Number EB00627615
Released: May 17, 2016
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Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781476733531

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"Listeners will enjoy an in-depth listen about genetics and the experimental breakthroughs that took place in the field throughout history. As cancer physician and Pulitzer Prize Winner (EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES) Siddhartha Mukherjee explains why all these stories are both fascinating and valuable, he illuminates how genes influence the world. Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris captures the passion that fueled the extensive research involved and makes Mukherjee's sharing of his family's medical history more personable and important. With a reflective tone that is never pretentious or dull, a thorough profile of the gene is formally presented. Recent advancements in gene research, the ethics involved, and the manipulations the future may hold are intelligibly and skillfully expressed, complementing both the subject and author. D.Z. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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