The Gene

The Gene

An Intimate History

Book - 2016
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies presents a history of gene science that examines current debates about gene resequencing, tracing the author's family experiences with mental illness and the contributions of key scientists and philosophers.

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A history of the gene draws on science, social history, and the author's family medical history to explore the centuries of research into the science of genetics and the quest to understand human heredity.

Simon and Schuster
The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year


From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick” (Elle).

“Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in The Gene: An Intimate History, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lost” (The New York Times). In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

“Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories…[and] swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry” (The Washington Post). Throughout, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—reminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.

“A fascinating and often sobering history of how humans came to understand the roles of genes in making us who we are—and what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our future” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), The Gene is the revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master. “The Gene is a book we all should read” (USA TODAY).

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476733500
1476733503
Branch Call Number: 616.04 MUK 2016
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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dvonne
Apr 04, 2019

what is it about genes? from shalit to siskel, genes have been drawn to film criticism like a moth to a flame. at the cineplex they gather, basking in the glow of movie magic. not content to merely revel in a film's sights and sounds, they then take to the typewriter, sharing their experience with one and all. but what happens when a gene finds its way to the OTHER side of the silver screen (gene hackman)? mukherjee, in not exploring this topic, has written a very bad and boring book

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Bududo
Mar 03, 2019

For a well written, generally accessible to the layman, broad, and insightful history of the science & pseudoscience of inheritance and genetics, this is the book. Although it is well documented that the author Siddhartha Mukherjee did not get everything correct, as a physician he has the background to understand the science & how it may apply to current medical practice and he is gifted with the ability to explain these ideas in ways that non-geneticist can grasp. The intimate part of the title, I surmise is due to the the author's engaging approach of coming back to how this topic touches his families (& our ) lives. Towards the end, author explores the bioethics challenges that we as citizens will need to face given current and very near future genetic engineering technology.

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AaronAardvark1940
Nov 14, 2017

Wow!
An easy read. Mukherjee delved into the personalities of various scientists involved in studies of the gene, which assisted my understanding of the development of their theories. The use of his own family history grounded me in the application of these theories. His examples; his descriptions; everything was so lucid. I found his discussion of gender and gender identity very interesting. The penultimate section (Post Genome) raised all kinds of red flags as to the future of humanity.
Anybody with even minimal curiosity about genetics should read this book.

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yycdaisy
May 22, 2017

This very long book (500 pages of text) is mainly a history book. It takes 300 pages just to get to this century.

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m0k1m3
Apr 12, 2017

I love this book so much - it brings tears to my eyes. Although I'm not an anti-scientist, it's nothing I've been drawn to in my life as I'm, generally, confused and befuddled by the language and theory... sometimes I feel as though I'm sinking in quicksand when trying to trudge through an article on ideas that have my interest. Here - still very much science (and still difficult for me to assimilate) - is a read that left me breathless and wanting more... Were I a teacher (literature for me), this book would be an assignment. I'm brimming with new and terrifying thots - resonating with his descriptive phrase of "ethical vertigo". History, Science, Psychology --- Humanity, and a personal saga - Recommend highly.

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Orcacreative
Jan 16, 2017

Epic!
Warning: this book can cause white supremacists to run out in the sun and start hitting themselves violently in the head, sometimes even with a baseball bat that resembles some tools once used by neanderthals.

beacutfelgroluc2014utr Dec 24, 2016

Superb read.

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Tylerharvey
Dec 17, 2016

This book was a gem.

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rogyoung2
Nov 20, 2016

Great book. Well written, very readable, but not an easy subject to grasp. It cleared up some of the things I learned about heredity in high school, 45 years ago. And, this book taught me about the huge advances in knowledge about genetics, biology, and and physiology since then. There are also examples, some troubling, about the history of eugenics, and about human experiments in the name of science.

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SteveBush
Oct 26, 2016

An authoritative and comprehensive look at both history and current events in the world of genetics. Excellent summary of a subject highly relevant to today's bioscience revolution.

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anneholmquist
Dec 04, 2017

History of genetics from point of view of doctor whose brother, father and grandfathr were schizophrenic; he turns out bipolar

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