Peeking Into Pandora’s Box
May 16, 2016
(The Wall Street Journal) – “The Gene” is an ambitious attempt to explain how we arrived at this point. Its author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a cancer researcher who wrote a fine book on the topic, “The Emperor of All Maladies” (2010). In “The Gene,” he weaves together three narrative strands. One is the story of his own Indian family, in which one uncle was bipolar and another schizophrenic. Another is the history of discoveries about genetics. A third is the politics of biology from eugenics to gender differences.
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