The Gene: An Intimate History Kindle Edition

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 Introduction: In The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, tells the story of the historic quest to decode the human genome and discover the genes that cause disease. Defining momentous scientific breakthroughs in immersive and lucid prose, he introduces readers to one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: reconciling our rapidly evolving biologically understanding with our innate sense of self.
In asking questions about what makes us human—What does a gene look like? What does it do? What is its purpose?—Mukherjee takes us on an intimate journey through time and space for answers. The result is a book that is at once revelatory, deeply personal, and perpetually relevant. With clarity and grace, Mukherjee has gifted us nothing less than a master class in biology and genetics.

The Gene is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand how heredity works and how DNA shapes our lives. This book will leave you feeling both empowered by your newfound knowledge and humbled by the vastness of what we still don’t know about genetic determinism.”—Ed Young, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Theory of Everything
“An extraordinary achievement . . . a brilliant synthesis informed by cutting-edge science as well as by deep historical understanding.”—Eric Kandel, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist
“A towering achievement . . . A triumph.”—Lisa Sanders, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Every Patient Tells a Story
“The Gene is that rarest of objects, a page-turner with soul. It’s at once a genomic odyssey, a tour de force of scientific explanation, and an emotionally charged family memoir.”—Dennis Overbye, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Einstein in Love
“With brilliance and humanity, Mukherjee has given us a definition of what it means to be human.”—Abraham Verghese, New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone

The Gene is one of those very special books that succeeds on many different levels. On one level it is simply a gripping story–a multi-generational saga set against the backdrop of tremendous scientific discovery. On another level it is an immensely informative popular science book that helps lay readers understand some very complex concepts in genetics and biology. But most importantly, it is a book that speaks to the very core of what it means to be human–by turns tenderly intimate and sweepingly epic. If you are looking for a book that will entertain you, educate you, and touch your heart all at the same time–look no further than The Gene!

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