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  • Title: The Gene: An Intimate History
  • Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • ISBN: 9781476733500
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover

The Gene: An Intimate History

[PDF] The Gene: An Intimate History | by Ð Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene An Intimate History From the Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft brilliant and illuminating as his extraord [PDF] The Gene: An Intimate History | by Ð Siddhartha Mukherjee. [PDF] The Gene: An Intimate History | by Ð Siddhartha Mukherjee - The Gene: An Intimate History, The Gene An Intimate History From the Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future What becomes of being human w

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  1. I have this tendency, when I read a book as brilliantly informing as this one, to wipe the froth from my mouth, shuffle the pages of notes I ve written contemporaneous to the reading, and plunge into the cocktail party which is this forum, grabbing each of you by the virtual lapels, and launching into a lecture about one of the hundreds of things I learned in the process As if, you know, I missed some of the froth.So, imagine me back from some journey, casting pleasantries aside, and launching w [...]

  2. Hello bookish peeps,Another one of my review has been posted on our country s largest daily newspaper s website, The Times of India This book is the story of the birth, growth, and future of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in the history of science the gene, the fundamental unit of heredity, and the basic unit of all biological information I Siddhartha MukherjeeThe 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, Siddhartha Mukherjee, is back with another incredibly well written book, The Gene An Intima [...]

  3. I listened to the BBC abridged audio book as I often do before ordering it I like hardbacks so I try and be sure first I want to read it I didn t like it enough I loved The Emperor of All Maladies A Biography of Cancer but couldn t feel that deep interest with this one.Now it could be that the book is fantastic and it had a lousy editor at the BBC Oliver Sacks autobiography, On the Move A Life is a 10 star book, but the abridged BBC one is terrible, mostly the wrong episodes chosen But still, th [...]

  4. I m not going to lie, there were some pages of this book where all my mind saw was science science science science etc etc over and over again instead of the actual words which apparently make sense to people cleverer than me Happily though, the vast majority of the book is written in a engaging and approachable fashion Nevertheless, it clearly represents a vast amount of research, spanning the field from Aristotle to the present day It plots the path of ever increasing knowledge and specific [...]

  5. Not half as good a narrative as The Emperor of All Maladies, but still a good account of the Gene s journey and where it is going It will hold your attention even if you have read multiple accounts of the progress of Genetics such as Watson s, because most histories of the Gene focus on the Genome project or on the early phase of discovery of genetics, Mukherjee instead focuses on the applications that are currently ongoing and how those fields have developed My only complaint the focus of the b [...]

  6. Thanks goes to Netgalley and a wonderful author for a wonderfully told series of stories within the world of genetics.I was worried, briefly, by the insistence of bringing Aristotle s take on the genome, or the recapitulation of many of the grandfathers of the science, such as Mendel and Darwin, but the way that these otherwise well known personages were brought alive to the page was of a story than a dry recounting Even so, I wasn t prepared for what was soon to come.I became engrossed in the [...]

  7. This book is a skillfully crafted combination of science history, character sketches, and personal encounters by the author s extended family with a history of mental illness The end result maintains the interest of the reader in a subject that could have been a lot less interesting in the hands on another writer.Most of the book is an account of the history of human advances in the understanding of how heritable characteristics are passed through multiple biological generations Toward the end o [...]

  8. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer s Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies scared the hell out of me right from the get go.when I read that 1 in 4 people will get cancer in your lifetime Mukherjee dives right in again, wasting no time , in The Gene We first learn that mental illness has been in Mukherjee s family for at least two generations He shares personally with us about 4 different relatives 2 cousins and two uncles from his father s side , whose minds were crumbling Each with a litt [...]

  9. The Gene an intimate history is a most readable story about what it means to be human It is a book that attempts to shine a light on the complex and often fraught history of understanding heredity The book is laid out in a relatively easy to follow format with a writing style suited to those without a scientific background but with a keen interest in science What makes this very readable for the non scientist is how the author relates the history of the gene, determining the human genome and the [...]

  10. We seek constancy in heredity and find its opposite variation Mutants are necessary to maintain the essence of our selves Siddhartha Mukherjee, The GeneI ve owned Mukherjee s other book, The Emperor of All Maladies A Biography of Cancer, for years and have consistently found rational reasons to not read it So, I m not sure what made me pick up this book first Perhaps, it was a friend who prompted me Perhaps, too, was my tendency to come late to authors and read them backwards rNA Perhaps, there [...]

  11. In this beautifully written, vivid history of genetics Mukherjee takes us by the hand and walks us through the hall of fame of all the people who are the reason for modern biology as we study it today His picturesque descriptions make the book a joy to read.Starting with Mendel and ending with embryonic stem cell research and beyond the fascinating story of genetic research is given in the book There are life stories of many exceptional scientists Unfortunately many examples of bad science and f [...]

  12. The dude who wrote Emperor of all Maladies is back with a prequel and it s good It starts with some history a little Darwin and a lot of Mendel, the monk who spent his whole life geeking out over pea plants, and who I remember as being the most boring part of a very boring 9th grade biology class Why is high school so awful at making science interesting It s so interesting And some other, lesser known characters This is what Mukherjee did in Emperor of Maladies, too the history of research into [...]

  13. I began this book knowing practically nothing about genes and chromosomes My ability to follow it from start to finish without any serious problems is amazing The author is clear, and he captivates a reader s interest all the way through Mukherjee, a cancer physician and researcher, begins with the history of genetics, moves forward to our capabilities today and what lies ahead in the future He makes the science relevant to modern day readers He relates how genetics has impacted on his own famil [...]

  14. Um livro recomendad ssimo para qualquer um que quer entender mais sobre gen tica e DNA Uma mistura de hist rias pessoais e hist rias de figuras importantes na descoberta do que s o os genes e quais os pap is deles que torna o livro interessante para leigos e entendedores A mesma receita que ele j deu muito certo em O Imperador de Todos Os Males, do mesmo autor, que ganhou o Pulitzer Para leigos, boa parte das explica es s o novas e acredito compreens veis Ele descreve grande parte dos exemplos q [...]

  15. It took me nearly a month to read this informative yet highly scientifically detailed book, however it was well worth the time and effort Since the writing and subject matter has a textbook like quality to it, I chose to only read one or two chapters a day Ultimately, the book doesn t neatly fit into one category, but I came to think of it as a who s who of geneticists, with a whole lot of science, historical information and some of Mukherjee s personal stories sprinkled in The author self admit [...]

  16. I loved Siddhartha Mukherjee s previous book, The Emperor of All Maladies Well, maybe love is not the correct word, since I found it profoundly unsettling and a little nervewracking especially having a mother who died of cancer But it was compulsively page turning and fascinating.So I was very excited to get a copy of The Gene.The Gene felt to me like a very readable textbook of genetics from the Greeks to of course Mendel to the present, with a look at the future It is surprisingly interesting [...]

  17. BOTWbbc programmes b07hxmmnDescription In 1859 Darwin published his famous book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection During the years before and after its publication, Gregor Mendel, a young Silesian monk, had been busy breeding peas and carefully logging his results He was on the way towards a theory of heredity to identifying the existence of genes.Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher, a stem cell biologist and cancer geneticist He is also author of The E [...]

  18. Sorry, people I couldn t finish this book Billed as a prequel to the brilliant Emperor of Maladies, this was just too confusing and frustrating a book for me My major difficulty with Mukherjee s approach is that the book is a history of genetics which never properly explains what a gene is So the reader follows the scientists down blind alleys and back out again while getting dizzy from the increasingly long list of names and biological terms I ended up trying to sketch out a diagram of how the [...]

  19. Mukherjee makes science history interesting, accessible and relevant We learn about genetics and how a steady stream of brilliant and driven scientists uncovered the code that defines us all Recent discoveries have given us the ability to change that code Mukherjee presents the moral conundrums implicit in our new knowledge The moral dilemma has a history too that is as important as that of the discoveries Mukherjee begins with Darwin and Mendel Mendel s 1856 63 studies of heritable traits in pe [...]

  20. I received a copy of The Gene from NetGalley for an honest review Thank you to NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, and Siddhartha Mukherjee for the opportunity This book was published in June 2016.I loved this book, which contains of small chapters that takes you through the history of gene, starting with the author s family history of schizophrenia The six main chapters are written in periods of time and explained in an informatively way that doesn t bore you and not without humor t [...]

  21. Ainda estou em estado de gra a, e incapaz de escrever uma review como deve ser, mas vou tentar.Este livro fant stico Recomendo o a toda a gente, mesmo aqueles que n o se interessam particularmente por temas cient ficos que, aquilo que o livro descreve diz respeito a todos n s O livro trata um tema cient fico, mas tamb m filosofia, tica foi um livro que li com o mesmo interesse com que leio alguns livros de fic o, aqueles que s o complexos sem serem complicados, que exigem alguma concentra o, sem [...]

  22. At the same time I reached the midway point of Siddhartha Mukherjee s The Gene An Intimate History, the satellite Juno entered the atmosphere of Jupiter But that feat pales, in my view, to the story about genetic journeys that are taking place within our individual, biological selves, especially since genes provide the context to understand development and fate of every human life As I finished the book today, the New York Times reported that a clinical trial using a promising type of geneticall [...]

  23. Siddhartha Mukherjee dove deep into the history of the gene and provided and extremely thorough account of the various associated discovery that have occurred since Darwin s day This book is heavy on the history, and semi light on the science Each discovery is detailed, but the science involved is related in a manner that is accessible to the nonscientists One thing I found curious was his discussion of Lamarck Recently I finished reading Survival of the Sickest, but Sharon Moalem, in which it w [...]

  24. This book is a combination of science, history, and stories It is so well written and very engaging, but it does includes many details and reads like a textbook for some of the time I am not writing this to discourage anyone from reading this, just to set the expectations if you decide to approach this book Since I studied some extended biology in the past it was easy for me to dive into the RNA and the amino acid described at length, so just FYI The author did an amazing job spicing up the book [...]

  25. This book offers a comprehensive and engaging overview of genetics It includes the history of the field, anecdotes of its development, a well paced technical explanation of the high level aspects, and quite a lot of discussion on the associated moral dilemmas that we are faced with as we understand how we can use this technology to change our own species.Unfortunately, the book does not delve into some of the aspects of modern genetics that I find most interesting, such as gene drive These are d [...]

  26. Unfortunately, this book is for much of its length or less a textbook on the history of genetics A nicely written one, with characters e.g Mendel, Darwin, less well known names and their stories woven in though personally I didn t care about details like the grub at the restaurant in Hawaii where several researchers dined while birthing a breakthrough, or the neon signs along the strip maybe Mukherjee should dip his oar into fiction or creative nonfiction The development of his personal family [...]

  27. The Emperor of All Maladies, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011, is among my most memorable reads of the past decade So it was a disappointment to find that I could never really engage with Mukherjee s second full length work There s no denying this book s impressive scope it s a comprehensive survey of the past 150 years of genetics research, but it also stretches back to antiquity to see the different ways people have imagined that heredity works It s a no holds barred science and social histo [...]

  28. At the risk of sounding repetitive, this was a stunning book Siddhartha Mukherjee is a beautiful writer As I was telling a friend, if a scientific historian can make slow, methodical scientific research as engaging as a Frederick Forsyth novel, he s doing his job right It s a must read for anyone with even a passing interest in BiologyCouple of things I liked Competitive scientific research makes for great reading especially Crick Watson v s Wilkins v s Franklin on the structure of DNA , Craig V [...]

  29. A rich and nuanced history of the gene that doesn t shy away from deeper scientific discussion An example of great science writing that doesn t condescend the reader, but rather elevates the reader by giving some sharp and hard science to grapple with Mukherjee s ability to communicate the ideas, techniques, history and examples of our history of genetics is a real high point of science writing in general While I did enjoy his working in of familial history with mental illness, I don t think it [...]