The Gene

The Gene

An Intimate History

eBook - 2016
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Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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Mukherjee writes in a most engaging manner about the entire story of how genes - the idea, the concept, the understanding - came to be. You barely realize you're reading about something that might be intimidating because of our expectations of how complicated such a subject can be.

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Nov 14, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Jan 16, 2017

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.

Dec 17, 2016

This book was a gem.

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.

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.

Aug 08, 2016

As a non-scientist, this was a challenging book for me, but well worth the time. It kept my interest even during the most technical sections. The author is remarkably good at conveying both personal stories and the overall importance of the subject.

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Dec 17, 2016

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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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