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The Resource The gene : an intimate history, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The gene : an intimate history, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Label
The gene : an intimate history
Title
The gene
Title remainder
an intimate history
Statement of responsibility
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The story of the gene begins in earnest in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where Gregor Mendel, a monk working with pea plants, stumbles on the idea of a "unit of heredity." It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms postwar biology. It invades discourses concerning race and identity and provides startling answers to some of the most potent questions coursing through our political and cultural realms. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, temperament, choice, and free will, thus raising the most urgent questions affecting our personal realms. Above all, the story of the gene is driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds -- from Mendel and Darwin to Francis Crick, James Watson, and Rosalind Franklin to the thousands of scientists working today to understand the code of codes. Woven through the book is the story of author Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of schizophrenia, a haunting reminder that the science of genetics is not confined to the laboratory but is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The moral complexity of genetics reverberates 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 and our children's children
  • Our genes are the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans; it governs our form, function, and fate, and that determines the future of our children. The story of the gene begins in earnest in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 as Mendel's idea of a "unit of heredity;" intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. Mukherjee tells the story of her own family and its recurring pattern of schizophrenia, a haunting reminder that the science of genetics is not confined to the laboratory but is vitally relevant to everyday lives
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
Dewey number
616/.042
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
RB155
LC item number
.M85 2016b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • QU 475
  • QU 475
NLM item number
M9537g 2016
Label
The gene : an intimate history, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 551-554) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Families -- "The missing science of heredity" 1865-1935 -- "In the sum of the parts, there are only the parts" 1930-1970 -- "The dreams of geneticists" 1970-2001 -- "The proper study of mankind is man" 1970-2005 -- Through the looking glass 2001-2015 -- Post-genome 2015-... -- Epilogue: Bheda, Abheda
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
594 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476733500
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015039962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
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u6708963
System control number
(OCoLC)925266474

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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