Quick & simple review – The Gene: An Intimate History

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

Interesting story          gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star
Complexity of ideas   gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargrey-star
Repetitiveness             gold-stargrey-stargrey-stargrey-stargrey-star
Flourish language       gold-stargold-stargold-stargrey-stargrey-star
Recommendation      gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star

Size: 592 pages
Published: 2016

Other information and reviews of this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27276428-the-gene

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