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My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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'My Beautiful Genome covers some of the most interesting controversies in biology today, including designer babies, brain imaging and even whether or not we have free will. It's an enthralling read.' --New Scientist
'A pin-sharp, lively memoir-cum-investigation... Frank's discoveries make for some truly tingling moments... Absorbing.' --Mail on Sunday
'The huge research effort to understand the complexity of the genome is throwing up new insights into the nature of humanity, as the Danish science writer Lone Frank shows in My Beautiful Genome, her excellent look into the postgenomic world.... Fascinating.' --Financial Times
About the Author
Lone Frank is the author of The Neurotourist: Postcards from the Edge of Brain Science (ISBN 9781851687961). She holds a PhD in neurobiology and was previously a research scientist in the biotechnology industry. An award-winning science journalist and Danish TV presenter, she has written for such publications as Scientific American, Science, and Nature Biotechnology.
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The author is a scientist and journalist who understands the deep detail and can translate it into something of real interest to non-experts through the story of her own exploration of her genome. It's a brilliantly well-structured book that manages to be both logical and surprising in how it progresses.
Humorous (who knew there was a gene that makes your boobs smaller if you drink too much coffee) and serious, Lone takes you on a journey into the thigs you can learn now, and how you might react to them, and the way genetics will shape our future lives.
Highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest - this is an excellent read.
As for the author's style of writing, many people have said it's witty. Not me; I would only say it's dry, and a even bit moany in places ... though not enough to stop me turning the pages. And the author's second-language use of English was obvious to me at times, making some sentences sound a bit "clunky" to my ear.
Apart from minor taste issues, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about genetics and epigenetics, but doesn't want to wade through anything too science-heavy.
But apart from that, recommended :).
Are you keen on the subject? Read this book.
Some bits were fascinating (the family tree stuff), some less so (the eugenics stuff). Definitely worth reading but I'm not sure I will re-read in its entirety.