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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; Reprint edition (21 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178168314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781683149
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fascinating, lucid and angry book by the sociologist Hilary Rose and the neurobiologist Steven Rose boasts abundant targets and a lethally impressive hit ratio. --Steven Poole, Guardian

On my must-read list! --Margaret Atwood

Genes, Cells and Brains is an angry book. It is also an important one ... contains wonderful descriptions of the science behind the new biology --Time Literary Supplement

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Hilary Rose is Emerita Professor at Bradford University and Visiting Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Steven Rose is Emeritus Professor of Life Sciences at the Open University. Long active in the politics of sciences, their joint books include 'Science and Society' and 'Alas, Poor Darwin.'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R on 28 Feb. 2013
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Just what one expected from this couple. A very informative book, which is thought provoking and well agrued. A must read.
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By Germinal TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2014
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The Roses have produced a timely book which looks at the promises made by genetic science and the mapping of the human genome and how they stand up to scrutiny.

This is done via a historical survey about past claims as to how biology can explain humanity's problems or provide solutions to them - here eugenics raises its ugly head. The authors also examine the philosophical, political and economic assumptionsmade those who announce great claims for the new biology. The attempts to make out that humanity can be reduced to biology and the role of business in determining what research takes place and what does not.

An excellent warning not to take the commercially motivated claims of science at face value.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Radmila Mileusnic on 30 Dec. 2012
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This book should be in the library of everybody interested in cell biology as a permanent reminder about social responsibility of scientist.
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