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She Has Her Mother's Laugh
She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity | Carl Zimmer
Award-winning, celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force set to shape our future even more radically. She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities. . . . But, Zimmer writes, "Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are--our appearance, our height, our penchants--in inconceivably subtle ways." Heredity isn't just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors--using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates--but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer's lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. Weaving historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world's best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.
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Karisa
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I checked this one out via Libby from my local library and love it. Nonfiction tends to take me (much) longer to read. I like to digest the information in little bits and drive my loved ones crazy rehashing what I learn. 😂 Time ran out on this one. It's about genetics/heredity--the history, key figures, and interesting implications. I think I might need to buy it. 😉

BiblioLitten I have it on my TBR. It looks so interesting! 4w
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MelissaSue81
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For a 20 hour long audiobook about a scientifically complex topic, this was really fascinating. There was a lot of different areas covered, and I can‘t say I fully understood all of it, but basically we don‘t know what we think we know about Genetics, ancestry, and heredity.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Just put it on library hold—thanks! 1mo
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BookNAround
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I‘m in DC for a meeting right now. We came out of the meeting and into the crazy awesomeness of the Pride Parade. Also, I might have visited 2 bookstores so far (Kramerbooks and Solid State Books). I leave tomorrow but might make my way to another one or two before I go. 😉

TheNerdyProfessor You should visit Politics and Prose by the Wharf. It's a beautiful setting for a summer day! 1mo
wanderinglynn I love Kramerbooks. 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
HOTPock3tt PRIDE!!! ♥️👍🏽🎉 1mo
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EricaReads
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1. She Has Her Mother‘s Laugh and The Wangs vs. the World
2. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs 🦕
3. A Crack in Creation

I‘m on a biology bender 😂🤷‍♀️
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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agable
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Packed with interesting content. If you are interested in science behind ancestry, this is your read. There is a ton of good stuff here.

MelissaSue81 I have been on the waitlist for the audiobook for this for.ev.er. I could get it in print easily enough, but it scares men 5mo
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agable
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One of the better science books I‘ve read in a while. Fascinating stuff. https://carlzimmer.com/books/she-has-her-mothers-laugh/

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LauraJ
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This is a good overview of what genes are, how they work and how we can manipulate them. Zimmer uses his own experience with genetic testing to make concepts more relatable, yet his story never overshadows the science.

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LauraJ
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I understand everything in this chapter, but I‘m still having a hard time wrapping my head around human chimeras. How many of you moms with sons have Y-chromosomes in your tissues? Amazing to think this may give you added defenses against diseases like breast cancer. #24in48

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LauraJ
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Working today, but got a few hours in last night. #24in48

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Floresj
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Absolutely fascinating. Zimmer mixes in interesting anecdotes to set up each chapter that takes the reader deeper into hereditary, DNA, genes. I learned so much, and although the book is large, it really doesn‘t waste a page. One added benefit- I always knew my brothers and I couldn‘t be genetically similar. Siblings have a similarity range from 33% to 67% similarity. I feel, if nothing else, this validated my youthful suspicions😜.

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MarriedtoMrT
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I evangelized about this book a few months ago but lost my audio to a holds list when I was about halfway through. I got it back and finally finished and, I have to say, I think the first half was strongest. Part of that was, as to be expected, the more we learned about heredity, the more complicated and technical it became, which was harder to follow. Still, it was fascinating. The audio is well done and how I made it through.

MelissaSue81 This book is on my TBR but I‘m a bit intimidated by the size, and also the subject matter. Sounds like it is well done though. 7mo
MarriedtoMrT @MelissaSue81 It is intimidating but I think he really did his best to make it accessible. You might want to take it in chunks. 7mo
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Kobe83

Nyt notable book 2018

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LauraJ
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Been reading this book and ended up having the strangest dream about my dog‘s family tree. Obviously the result of eating too much before bedtime. #pugsoflitsy

BookNAround LOL! Sounds like some of my sugar before bed dreams. 8mo
JoScho Sweetness! 8mo
BookishMarginalia Love the pic! 8mo
MEGR Adorable!! ❤️ 8mo
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LauraBeth
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This is a BIG book!

gradcat And that‘s a lovely cat! 8mo
silentrequiem Nice action shot of kitty! 8mo
QuietlyLaura Your kitty looks like she is saying, “Wazzup!” 😂 8mo
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LauraBeth @gradcat thanks 😽 She‘s a hot mess! 😹 8mo
LauraBeth @QuietlyLaura that‘s hilarious 😹 8mo
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jillrhudy
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#SeptemberReads include these 12 and the tagged book plus whatever I‘ve forgotten! The best: “Home After Dark” and “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” were extra special and memorable. 💕

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MarriedtoMrT
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As of about two years ago (pre-Litsy) I would‘ve told you “I don‘t read nonfiction.” I say this to let you know that when I recommend a 570 page book on heredity, it is coming from someone who never, ever thought she would read a 570 page book on heredity let alone enjoy it. I am about 200 pages in (or about 7 of 20 hours on audio) and it is utterly fascinating and extremely accessible.

LauraBeth Wow - sold! 📚 10mo
LoverofLit I totally feel you. Litsy has really broadened my reading horizons. I said almost this same thing about Pillars of the Earth when I finished it a while back. I never thought a 900+ page book about a cathedral being built in midevil England would be a book I not only read but absolutely loved! 10mo
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jillrhudy
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I am reading that there are dozens of human GMOs that doctors created on the quiet in New Jersey, with genetic material from two ova. The science is gobsmacking. Can you imagine? You look at package that says “No GMOs” knowing you ARE a GMO? And that without ooplasm transfer from a different egg you wouldn‘t exist? #science #genetics

Aimeesue You know me, I ❤️❤️GMOs. 😋 10mo
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jillrhudy
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Boy, does THIS look fascinating! A great big whomping book, 576 pages including glossary but not including end notes & bibliography. Sorry about the glare; fluorescents + mylar. #biology #heredity #science

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I‘m only two hours into it currently. I am really interested in the subject matter, but only moderately interested in the way the narrator tells it. I probably would actually enjoy reading the book in print more, but I can‘t do that and drive! Maybe the narrator will grow on me— it‘s 20 hours long, so he‘ll have plenty of time.

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howjessreads
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This book is BLOWING MY MIND. From the Hapsburgs to PKU (rare disease caused by certain proteins attacking the brain) to freemartins (hermaphroditic cows); I feel like I‘m leaning so much!!

Centique This sounds great! 12mo
jillrhudy I‘m not listening; I have the huge hardcover, but it‘s super readable for a science book. One fascinating story after another! 11mo
TheBookHippie When I started nursing we took care of patients with PKU it was so sad. 6mo
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Cortg
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Morning visit to the local beach bookstore. My daughter picked one fiction, one nonfiction (she‘s into genetics), a leather journal, and the owner let her pick an ARC book (pictured above.) She‘s super excited! I also picked up a book for 2 of my nephews and one for me! Chaching!

Cinfhen Nice way to spend the morning!!! 13mo
rather_be_reading love tht journal!! 12mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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Genetics, DNA, and heredity is further examined in this science nonfiction from the history of inherited genes and the future of evolving cells. From the history of eugenics, recessive disorders, and physical anomalies, the book looks at all aspects of our physical make-up and how it affects humanity.