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. Aesthetic appreciation was no small part of my delight, not only in the writing but in the thrill of learning about the gene and the genome, the literal stuff of life. As if, you know, I missed some of the froth. A chapter outlining the basic biology would have been helpful for non-biologists. His family, like many other Bengali families he states were deeply affected by Partition. 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.
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. Profound capabilities will be readily available to change what we are. He talks about theories from Aristotle and Pythagoras. A mutation…is a statistical entity, not a pathological or moral one. The Nazis believing in absolute genetic immutability—a Jew is a Jew—had resorted to eugenics to change the structure of their population.
And then gave up because I was too confused. My only complaint: the focus of the book is on the Human Gene and hence on Medicine, while the story of the Gene is surely about much more than medicine - extending to Food, Evolution, Economics and perhaps Politics - the Gene has a very wide role to play in our future and we need to develop perspective on that future today. Both of his books are remarkable. أفكار مُختلفة رسبت في رأسي أثناء قراءة الكتاب وبعد الفراغ منه: - نظرية داروين تبقى أساسية في علم البيولوجيا، لكن الطريقة التي سُرِدت في هذا الكتاب تجعلك تنظر إليها من زاوية مُختلفة، من زاوية تحط من شأنها قليلًا أو على الأقل تُنزلها منزلتها الحقيقية. Once we start thinking of genes as destiny, manifest, then it is inevitable to begin imagining the human genome as manifest destiny. Warum sind wir so, wie wir sind? To read a very engaging book about project Eugenics, I can highly recommend reading by it has some faults, but overall a really good book.
Er besucht Cousin Moni, der an Schizophrenie leidet - wie auffällig viele seiner Verwandten. « Boston Globe »Lesen Sie dieses Buch, so werden Sie auf die Zukunft bestens vorbereitet sein. One thing I found curious was his discussion of Lamarck. Mukherjee is a trained oncologist. He's good at making it interesting - and he reads a lot of books, so you never know when all of a sudden he's gonna cite That's a great bonus for those of us who are book nerds first, science nerds later. She tried new drugs, clinical trials. Turned out the pills were not enough to kill him.
They learned much about how genes worked but still did not know what genes were. It felt like showing off. Mukherjee mulls over the genetics and their implications. The author neither simplifies the complexities of the science nor does he make the topic incomprehensible for a layman. Das große Buch eines begnadeten Erzählers und Arztes, das gewaltige Panorama einer machtvollen Entdeckung. He makes the science relevant to modern-day readers.
Was können wir selbst bestimmen? Epigenetic modification is happening all of the time and cannot be separated from gene expression. « Nils Minkmar, Der Spiegel, 17. Genetic markers have been identified that predict differing abilities to handle stress. Rezensentin Josephina Mayer lernt die finsteren Seiten der Genforschung im neuen Buch von Siddharta Mukherjee kennen. One special case that is more genetically clear-cut than most, but ethically less so, is Down syndrome. 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.
Happily though, the vast majority of the book is written in a more engaging and approachable fashion. Would you decide to have no people with mental illness in the world? Siddhartha Mukherjee's 2010 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is amongst my top nonfiction books of all time. Even with that, it was a solid piece of work. But it was compulsively page turning and fascinating. While America took the early lead, Germany would bring the eugenics movement to its gruesome conclusion. Mukherjee ist ein Genie darin, zutiefst menschliche Geschichten hinter abstrakten Ideen zu entdecken. I am not writing this to discourage anyone from reading this, just to set the expectations if you decide to approach this book.
And some other, lesser-known characters. Some of, what I thought, the more interesting parts of the books were as follows: The best biography of a scientists involved Hermann Muller. I didn't like it enough. In my opinion I think it was handled as expertly as possible and I felt that there were sufficient explanations of the scientific processes behind the ever advancing technologies. We learn about genetics and how a steady stream of brilliant and driven scientists uncovered the code that defines us all. Despite being a longer than usual science book, it felt as if moved fairly fast.
This book is a combination of science, history, and stories. Students of medicine, biology and related fields as well as anyone with an interest in the history and future of science will enjoy and learn a lot from The Gene. Ostensibly this is done only by choice, and only for only the most extreme medical conditions that would cause great suffering, but as Mukherjee pointed out, reality is a different story. Is our moral compass up to the responsibility science has placed upon us? I'll make no bones about it: I was moved. He makes the science relevant to modern-day readers.
Il contenuto di questo libro è facile da comprendere. A new era in genetics was underway. I loved but couldn't feel that deep interest with this one. On one hand: variation, mutation, change, inconstancy, divisibility, flux. So, imagine me back from some journey, casting pleasantries aside, and launching 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.