The Gene really is a masterpiece. For those who had some sort of biology but not a true in-depth genetics background, it really puts into perspective what you have probably learnt is now logically ordered in an excellent and engaging story. The book is written in a way to be accessible with just enough rendering of the scientific details so you don’t need a background in biology at all. All chapters have a historical and chronological order.
It begins in 350 BC with Aristotle’s astonishingly accurate theories covering heredity and ends in 2015 when humanity is almost capable to modify the genome of a human embryo.
The book also covers three major national eugenic programs, such as genetic experiments performed by Nazi Germany on concentration camp prisoners, brainwashing and re-education programs carried out on dissidents in the Soviet Union, and last but not least forced sterilizations in the ‘20s and ‘30s implemented in the United States on “feeble-minded” women.
A masterful synthesis of natural history, heredity, molecular genetics, genetic disease, medical ethics, human nature and its weaknesses.
The Gene: An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Complexity of ideas
Size: 592 pages
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