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 extraordinary background of the gene and a reaction to the defining query of the long run: What turns into of being human after we learn how to “read” and “write” our personal genetic information?

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, terrific, and illuminating as his terribly winning biography of melanoma. Weaving technological know-how, social heritage, and private narrative to inform us the tale of 1 of an important conceptual breakthroughs of contemporary instances, Mukherjee animates the hunt to appreciate human heredity and its astounding impact 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 historical past of psychological illness—cuts like a shiny, pink line, reminding us of the numerous questions that grasp over our skill to translate the technology of genetics from the laboratory to the true international. In tremendous prose and with an intuition for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of study and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all through the innovative twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.

As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, “It’s demanding to think about many books for a common viewers that experience rendered any sector of recent technology and expertise with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion…An impressive achievement.” Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial historical past of a systematic notion coming to lifestyles, and a vital training for the ethical complexity brought through our skill to create or “write” the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everybody curious about the definition and way forward for humanity. this is often the main the most important technological know-how of our time, in detail defined through a grasp.

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