The Gene: An Intimate History


Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function.

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856, where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. Above all, this is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds–from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.

This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea being brought to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history–the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to ‘read’ and ‘write’ the human genome–unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children. Majestic in its ambition, and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity–and a vision of both humanity’s past and future.

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  • The author associated with The Gene: An Intimate History is Siddhartha Mukherjee.
  • The EAN for The Gene: An Intimate History is 9780670087143. European Article Number, which is a number that uniquely identifies an item.
  • The ISBN for The Gene: An Intimate History is 0670087149.
  • The weight for The Gene: An Intimate History is 190 g.
  • The language for The Gene: An Intimate History is English.
  • The Gene: An Intimate History is a Hardcover.
  • The number of pages for The Gene: An Intimate History are 592.
  • The quantity for The Gene: An Intimate History in a package is 1.
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  • The publication date for The Gene: An Intimate History is 2016-05-17.
  • The manufacturer for The Gene: An Intimate History is Penguin Books Limited.
  • The release date for The Gene: An Intimate History is 2016-05-17.
  • The producer for The Gene: An Intimate History is Penguin Books Limited.
  • The sales rank for The Gene: An Intimate History is 553.

AuthorSiddhartha Mukherjee
BindingHardcover
EAN9780670087143
ISBN0670087149
Weight190 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages592
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2016-05-17
PublisherPenguin Books Limited
Release Date2016-05-17
StudioPenguin Books Limited
Sales Rank553
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