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The Gene
The Gene: An Intimate History | Siddhartha Mukherjee
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladiesa magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information? The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjees own familywith its tragic and bewildering history of mental illnesscuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentationfrom Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, Its hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassionAn extraordinary achievement. Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or write the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.
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Kajohnson
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Didn‘t expect a book on genetics to make me laugh out loud 😊

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alisonrose
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Another deeply informative & meticulous yet accessible book from this author. I‘m fascinated by genetics in general; learning so much about the history of the gene itself, our knowledge of it, our work with it, was eye-opening. I appreciate how well he conveys info to laypeople too—not overly simplifying it but just making it understandable w/o a science degree. At times it got a bit overly academic, but overall well worth the time to read! 4/5 ⭐️

Crazeedi Sounds like a good one, putting on my tbr 3w
alisonrose @Crazeedi 👍🏻 3w
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alisonrose
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After nearly a decade of intensive hunting, what geneticists have found is not a “gay gene” but a few “gay locations.”

[Look, all 5 feet of me is a “gay location” 🏳️‍🌈💁🏻‍♀️🧚🏼‍♀️]

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Translation: Cancer is a monstrous bitch.

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alisonrose
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Less than a century ago, folks. Oy vey.

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alisonrose
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In the early 1850s, Mendel had tried a more audacious variation of this experiment, starting with white and gray field mice. He had bred mice in his room—mostly undercover—to try to produce mice hybrids. But the abbot, although generally tolerant of Mendel‘s whims, had intervened: a monk coaxing mice to mate to understand heredity was a little too risqué, even for the Augustinians.

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ravenlee 😆😆😆 3w
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alisonrose
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The crucial driver of evolution, Darwin understood, was not nature‘s sense of purpose, but her sense of humor.

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alisonrose
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Some nice light escapist weekend reading!!! I‘m honestly looking forward to it because The Emperor of All Maladies was so good, and I‘m fascinated by genetics, heredity, and the like. Plus, I just found out that my kitty might be very sick and I just need something else I can really focus my mind on right now. #nowreading

8little_paws Oh I'm so sorry about your cat 4w
Ericalambbrown I really enjoyed this one. I hope you do as well. I‘m sorry about your kitty🐱 4w
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Crazeedi 🤣👍 then we're definitely related!!💗 2mo
Chrissyreadit 😆❤️ 2mo
Gissy Yes!❤️❤️❤️❤️Tus ancestros son puros libros📚📚📚📚 2mo
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CoffeeK8
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Really interesting! A fabulous deep dive into an what makes us us.

TheBookHippie I enjoyed this too! I got it as an ARC at my first bookcon I attended!! 3mo
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athejaswi
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Eye opening...never knew the sacrifices made by scientists over discoveries.

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Megabooks
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The basic unit of #Inheritance is the gene, and Mukherjee does a wonderful job explaining it in a way that is interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike. I‘ve listened to this is an audiobook twice, and highly recommend it that way. The narration is excellent. 🎧👍🏻👩🏻‍⚕️

#StarTrekSummerMay

lkurgs I got it last week! Can‘t wait to start reading it. 4mo
Megabooks @lkurgs I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
lkurgs @Megabooks thank you 😊 4mo
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mklong
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Ask me anything, I‘m a genius now! Well, at least it feels that way after reading this book. Of course some of it went over my head (I‘m still not clear how to make insulin), but less than I expected, owing to Mukhergee‘s incredible ability to make very complicated processes comprehensible to a lay person.

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emilyhaldi
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Genes might be invisible to the naked eye, but have the ultimate influence on our existence 🧬 I would never normally pick this book up on my own but after seeing so many rave reviews I figured I would give it a shot!...someday.
#invisibletouch
#anglophileapril

Mdargusch Clever thinking. 😘 5mo
vivastory Well-played! 5mo
Reviewsbylola You‘ll never read it but it‘s pretty. 😆 5mo
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emilyhaldi Is it wrong that your comment motivates me to move this up to #2 spot on my tbr? 😜 @Reviewsbylola 5mo
Reviewsbylola I was wondering if it would motivate you. 😆 5mo
sisilia I have this, too... unread yet 4mo
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Schnoebs
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5⭐️

I can‘t believe I loved a book on the history of genetics...

This book starts at the very beginning of the field with Darwin and Mendel and works its way all the way to present day with the creation of the human genome project and gene therapy.

I would highly recommend for anyone interested in genetics, eugenics and racism, gender identity and more!

#audiobook #scribd #nonfiction #umn #gradlife #mpls #twincities

Schnoebs @Birdsong28 using this for a book that discusses mental health because I don‘t think I‘ll be picking up anything else that fits this for #52booksin52 7mo
Birdsong28 @Schnoebs 👍👍👍👍😘📚📖 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved this one too, so very good! 7mo
ValerieAndBooks Looks good; stacking!! 7mo
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Schnoebs
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This is a book on the history of genetics. I know they are are talking about bacteria/virus chimera but I just keep thinking about the chimera in Full Metal Alchemist. I might have anime on the brain while reading this 🙈

#fullmetalalchemist #fma #nonfiction #science #anime #manga #mpls #twincities

Serotonin Hahahaha, totally 😆 7mo
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Amazing book being a history of the development of genetic theory from Darwin and Mendel through to modern day with the fulling mapping of the genome and the use of CRISPR to edit genes. A book which will help you understand one of the key technologies the world and the potential impact that it may have on the future, in a readable and large understandable style.

EricaReads I‘m really into biology books at the moment. This book is next on my list! I‘m currently reading The Tangled Tree and I contain Multitudes. You might enjoy those if you haven‘t read them already 😊 7mo
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Schnoebs
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I can definitely say that I never expected myself to put off reading a fantasy novel to keep pick up a required book on the history of genes. Wow, I can‘t get enough of this and the audiobook that I‘m listening too simultaneously is superb!

#weekendplans #requiredreading #nonfiction #audiobook #scribd #umn #gradlife #mpls #twincities

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MalaysianBiblioholic
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Oh! The struggles of a polygamist reader. Some I‘ve started reading a few months ago, one was a couple of days ago and one was a couple of hours ago . But I am determine to finish all of them this year. Is there a gene therapy for this condition? 🤔

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SW-T
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The possibility of understanding and curing illness has to be balanced against human desire for using genetics to create “better” people or the “perfect race.” Scary stuff, fascinating book.

#genetics #geneticscience #science

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SW-T
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So much great history and information in one book!

#genetics #geneticscience #science

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1. Get holiday cards addressed and in the mail.
2. Attending a friend‘s retirement party.
3. Russian tea cakes
4. The Gene (tagged)
5. Any #littens who want to participate

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Happy Sunday!

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MoniqueReads305
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I think this is my first time #audiocommuting.

Birdsong28 Makes it go faster!! 😀 10mo
derr.liz Check your mail! (But wait for Dec 6 to open 🎅) #sss #stuffedstockingswap @Avanders 10mo
MoniqueReads305 @derr.liz is it a plain white box? I got one today without any markings and was tempted to open but resisted. 10mo
derr.liz Yes, sorry I realized after I sent it that I forgot to mark it obviously on the outside! 📦🔜🎁 10mo
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MoniqueReads305
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Finally starting #nonfictionnovember work this meaty selecting. It's clocks in at just under 20 hours.

#amlistening #nonfiction

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a good one though, I hope you like it. 10mo
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the_hibernator
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Started this gem after finishing Hillbilly Elegy on Monday. Excellent beginning!

Gezemice Amazing book. Enjoy! 11mo
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Librarybelle
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Cathythoughts We do 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
Kalalalatja Indeed we do 👏 12mo
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Tonton
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About to start this history of genes; Mukherjee‘s The Emperor of Maladies helped me focus on knowing the enemy when we discovered my partner had cancer. Looking forward to his unraveling genetics, heredity, what makes us, us!

charl08 Such a great book! 14mo
Tonton @charl8 Just started it and settling in🖖 (edited) 14mo
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Amaneet
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Current read! Cannot put this book down. #nonfiction

Ericalambbrown Welcome to Litsy! 😊 1y
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Like musicians, like mathematicians—like elite athletes—scientists peak early and dwindle fast. It isn‘t creativity that fades, but stamina: science is an endurance sport. To produce that single illuminating experiment, a thousand nonilluminating experiments have to be sent into the trash; it is battle between nature and nerve

violabrain I loved this book, but the idea that musicians peak early and then fade is absolutely not true, particularly in the classical music world. Most of the great composers wrote their most enduring masterpieces towards the end of their lives. In terms of performers, many of the world‘s great classical musicians do their most profound work in middle age. (edited) 1y
jdtchicago @violabrain good point. That sentence did strike me as a little odd. 1y
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Freaks become norms, and norms become extinct. Monster by monster, evolution advanced.

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Ericalambbrown
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I thought this book was extraordinary. I‘ve seen criticism that it didn‘t get as far into the minutiae of the science as some would have liked. As the subtitle notes, it‘s a history. And a remarkably well annotated one at that. I have a degree in microbiology/biotechnology and I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more on the subject, regardless of their background. Dr. Mukherjee has outdone himself!

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randomx
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My next in to read. Any thoughts?

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jsburbidge
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Rather a disappointment. I was looking for more scientific detail and less in the way of background stories; but as a narrative it's competent but not gripping. The earlier part of the book, down to the cracking of the genetic code and the crystallographic analysis of haemoglobin, goes over ground which was dealt with in a very much superior way by Judson's The Eighth Day of Creation. The latter part is spotty and unfocussed.

Jokila I agree 100%. I wanted to learn about genes, not read a history book about scientists who worked on genes. The entire first half felt like a waste of my time 1y
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Genes, the pajama paper argued, were not just passive blueprints.

TimSpalding I like pancakes. 1y
Foxnorth genecakes. Delicious. 1y
kgriffith Uncovering a spoiler leaves it uncovered even after killing the app, which is I believe both prior and expected behavior 1y
ablachly This is the best spoiler ever. 1y
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AmandaL
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My #March2018 #ReadingWrapUp. I've been playing around with my #bujo. It's not exactly like I envisioned it - I have never been good with scale. 😂 My favorites were The Gene and Nomadland.

AndreaReads I LOVE this!!!! What a great page—and excellent stats as well! 1y
Megabooks The Gene is a fantastic audiobook! Love the art 😍😍😍 1y
Moony Such a great bujo page! 1y
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AmandaL @AndreaReads Thank you! 😊 1y
AmandaL @Booksandcooks The audiobook is fantastic! I borrowed it from the library, but I'm going to buy the book because I want to refer back to it. Thank you! 😊 1y
AmandaL @Moony Thanks! 😊 1y
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Foxnorth
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Starting this again...

Foxnorth Test comment 9mo
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AmandaL
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This #audiobook was fascinating. The narrator was fantastic. It covers everything from homunculus theory to the discovery of DNA to the recent attempts to rewrite genes in embryonic stem cells and the moral and philosophical implications. I borrowed this, but I'm going to buy my own copy. 🔬

Gezemice I did the same! I borrowed the audio then I bought it on the Kindle. Had to look up all those names. It is an excellent book, one of the best I have ever read. 1y
emilyhaldi Everyone raves about this book but I find it intimidating! Is it approachable for someone who has little science knowledge (ahem, me!)😆 (edited) 1y
AmandaL @Gezemice I agree! 1y
AmandaL @emilyhaldi I think so. Some of it gets involved toward the end, but he does a good job making analogies for the lay person. 1y
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shanaqui
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Mukherjee is a great writer and a good communicator, and for the most part I was hooked on this. My only issues were with his genetic determinism -- or rather, the way it was presented, really. Twins separated at birth who fall down the stairs in the same year is pure coincidence, not genes; Mukherjee gives that as one of the proofs of similarity, while not mentioning twin studies often find that twins are radically different.

shanaqui Sometimes, he's overreaching the evidence. I was also uncomfortable with his chapter on gender identity, because the on/off switch he describes doesn't match my experience or the testimony of the queer community in general; he seems to utterly ignore the existence of trans* people (not to mention enbies like me) and oversimplify the experiences of intersex individuals. 2y
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TongueTiedSLP11
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This made me chuckle 😂

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TongueTiedSLP11
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From the other day...how I spend my snow day when a Nor‘easter slams Jersey #snowdayreads #catsoflitsy

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shanaqui
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"I should try to sleep," I said.
"I'll just read a couple of pages first," I said.
"Well, maybe a chapter."
"...how is it 3am?" I asked.

In other words, this is just as clearly written and compelling as The Emperor of All Maladies, and still fascinating even though it's a topic I know well.

rabbitprincess Both of these are on my to-read list! 😄 2y
shanaqui @rabbitprincess The author is a great writer! 2y
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lyssamez
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I‘d say I had a very successful trip to the Green Valley book fair yesterday.

Booksnchill Great haul! 2y
lyssamez @Booksnchill thanks! All for $45 if you can believe it. 2y
Booksnchill Well done- loved Jane Steele! 2y
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AmandaL
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My latest in-car #audiobook. So far, it's fascinating.

Jas16 Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard! You made my day! 2y
AmandaL @Jas16 Oh yay! I'm glad it already arrived. 😊 2y
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NCNY
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This book did a wonderful job of presenting the past, present and future of the gene. Whenever it seemed to be getting too science-y for me, the author would throw in a real world example to make it more relatable and understandable. I feel more informed about an important topic - just like I did after reading The Emperor of All Maladies.

#24in48

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NCNY
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Just got to the section of the book where Craig Venter shows up. His brother was a mega, super-actuary at my company. Probably the smartest guy I've ever met. But since his brother played a big part in mapping the human genome, we joked that he was the dumb one in the family.

I worked with his brother so I guess that means I have three degrees of separation from Bill Clinton? And four from Hillary?!

#24in48

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Works for me! 👍 and great book too! 2y
Gezemice That‘s an awesome book! We probably all have someone who is one or two away from a president. Tom Hank‘s brother lives in town and I met his wife... so that‘s two to Tom Hanks, who probably met multiple presidents. 2y
NCNY @Gezemice Most importantly, we're all six degrees or so away from Bo (the Portuguese Water Dog) Obama. 2y
Gezemice @NCNY Bo is very important. I agree. 🐶 2y
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Science making me LOL. Mendel decided to give peas a chance.

Drinking coffee and contemplating tomorrow's breakfast, apricot paczki.