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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847246710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847246714
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fascinating and accessible introduction to the key ideas of genetics

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Are our personalities inherited or made? What can DNA reveal about human history? How significant was the creation of Dolly the sheep? And will we soon be designing babies to order?
Mark Henderson, science editor of The Times, distils the central concepts of this newest of sciences in a series of 50 lucid and engaging short essays.
Beginning with Darwin's theory of evolution and concluding with the most recent, and controversial, scientific advances, he shows how knowledge of our genetic code has changed our understanding of life on Earth.
Full of everyday examples, enlightening quotations and helpful diagrams, 50 Genetics Ideas: Tells us how life came to be the way it is, unlocking the secrets of chromosomes, DNA and the human genome; Explains how our individuality if forged, be it through nature or nurture; Reveals how genetics can help the fight against cancer, HIV, malaria and superbugs; Explores the major ethical issues around divisive topics such as stem cell research, cloning and the potential for artificial life; Illuminates the very latest thinking on junk DNA, evo-devo and epigenetics, and points towards what the future might hold for the human race.
Accessible, informative and utterly fascinating, 50 Genetics Ideas is both a timely overview of this ground-breaking strand of science and an essential insight into what makes each one of us truly unique.

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