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‘The Gene: An Intimate History’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee Decodes DNA, Genetics

June 6, 2016

(The Chicago Tribune) – Clearly genetics has changed the way we think about ourselves, our children, and our world in ways large and subtle, and sometimes, as the history of the 20th century shows, with deadly serious consequences. Indeed the gene is “one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in the history of science,” Siddhartha Mukherjee writes in his new book, “The Gene: An Intimate History.” Mukherjee is an oncologist and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” His newest book brings a similarly comprehensive view to genetics, beginning with the musings of the Greeks — all traits come from the father — and wrapping up with a potential post-human future — all traits come from the laboratory.

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