The Gene An Intimate History
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The Gene An Intimate History

August 25, 2003

From the Pulitzer Prize-triumphing author of The Emperor of All Maladies— a charming record of the gene and “a magisterial account of ways, human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick” (Elle).

“Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-prevailing The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010. That achievement became certainly only a warm-up for his overall virtuoso performance in the Gene: An Intimate records, in which he braids technological know-how, history, and memoir into an epic with all of the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lost” (The the big apple times). On this biography, Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its unexpected influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and picks.

“Mukherjee expresses abstract highbrow thoughts via emotional stories…[and] Swaddles his scientific rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and coffee flashes of pure poetry” (Washington publish). During, the tale of Mukherjee’s family—with its tragic and bewildering records of mental contamination—reminds us of the questions that grasp over our ability to translate the technological know-how of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of studies and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all of the way thru the modern twenty-first-century innovators who mapped the human genome.

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