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She Has Her Mothers Laugh : The Powers Perversions & Potential Of Heredity
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She Has Her Mothers Laugh : The Powers Perversions & Potential Of Heredity

Carl Zimmer

Published by Picador | Language - English | Binding - Trade Paper Back

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About the Book: She Has Her Mothers Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Award-winning, celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society-a force set to shape our future even more radically.

She Has Her Mothers Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities . . .

But, Zimmer writes, Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are?our appearance, our height, our penchants?in inconceivably subtle ways. Heredity isnt just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors?using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates?but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmers lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it.

Weaving together historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the worlds best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.

About the Author: Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2013 he has been a columnist at the New York Times. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a frequent on radio programmes such as Radiolab and This American Life. In 2016, Zimmer won the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science.

Zimmer is the author of a dozen books about science, on subjects ranging from viruses to neuroscience to evolution.

Praise for Carl Zimmer:

Carl Zimmer accomplishes in a mere 100 pages what other authors struggle to do in 500: He reshapes our understanding of the hidden realities at the core of everyday existence. Washington Post (A Planet of Viruses)

A "tour-de-force" Sunday Telegraph (Soul Made Flesh)

A book capable of changing how we see the world Los Angeles Times (Parasite Rex)

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Book: She Has Her Mothers Laugh : The Powers Perversions & Potential Of Heredity
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ISBN-13: 9781509818549
Product Code EBK0424784
Binding: Trade Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2018-06-25
Publisher: Picador
Number of Pages: 672
Language: English

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