The Gene: An Intimate History

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An epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, by the author of ‘The Emperor of All Maladies’. But woven through this title, 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 TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER **

The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history from the author of The Emperor of All Maladies.

The story begins in an Augustinian abbey in 1856, and takes the reader from Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of evolution, to the horrors of Nazi eugenics, to present day and beyond – as we learn to “read” and “write” the human genome that unleashes the potential to change the fates and identities of our children.

Majestic in its scope and ambition, The Gene provides us with a definitive account of the epic history of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans – and paints a fascinating vision of both humanity’s past and future.

For fans of Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and Being Mortal by Atul Gwande.

‘Siddhartha Mukherjee is the perfect person to guide us through the past, present, and future of genome science’ Bill Gates

‘A thrilling and comprehensive account of what seems certain to be the most radical, controversial and, to borrow from the subtitle, intimate science of our time?Read this book and steel yourself for what comes next’ Sunday Times

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Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 3.1 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

ix, 593 , 8 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

599.93509 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K