The Gene : An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Selected as Book of the Year by the New York Times, The Economist, Independent of the Observer and Courier on Sunday, The New York TIMES NUMBERED A LICE BEST SELLER FOR THE WELLCOME 2017 BOOK PRIZE “Dramatic and Accurate”.A] thrilling and comprehensive account of what seems certain to be the most radical, the most controversial and, to borrow the subtitle, the most intimate aspects of the science of our time.He’s a natural storyteller.A page-turnerRead this book and steel yourself for what comes after” Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times, The Genoa is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, the best-seller, the award-winning author Siddhartha MukherjeeCovering the entire world and several centuries, The Genoa is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that establishes and defines human beings, that governs form and function.It is an epic, the story of a scientific idea to come to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Diseases.But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate part of history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurrence of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is extremely relevant to everyday life.These concerns are even more urgent today than teaching us to “read” and “write” the human genome – unlocking the potential to change our children’s destinies and identities.The history of the gene begins in an obscur of the Augustinians of the abbey in Moravia, in 1856, where a monk stumbles upon the idea of “unity of heredity”.At the intersection with Darwinian theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940sThe gene transforms biology from the post-war periodIt reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, its temperament, choice and free will.It’s a story based on the ingenuity of man and obsessive mind disorder – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Resident Society.
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