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 p...
|Title||:||She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity|
|Number of Pages||:||544 pages|
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She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity Reviews
Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel’s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those assertions and steps the listener through some of the history of our understanding of the subject and reviews some of the current new research that has been transpiring over the last five years or so.
Humans are spe ...more
The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it.
I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens.
This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when you get lost with Nanogs and epigenetics, he brings it back with a story from his daughter's preschool or something else down to earth.
I highly recommend it to anyone who has genes, and can read!
The secrets of heredity have always fascinated human beings. Scientific pursuit of the manipulation of the odds of heredity among domestic plants and animals, as well as the works of Lamark, Darwin others, offering theories behind the rules codified by Mendel, led also to efforts by eugenicists to "elevate" humanity by controlling the ability of humans to reproduce ourselves. Carl Zimmer writes this engaging book about heredity and our enduring interest in it.
With the discovery of DNA, the idea ...more
A truly mammoth book that should have been edited down to a few hundred pages. The interesting tidbits and stories were immersed in unnecessary prose and benign chapters that served no purpose except to increase the word count. Some stories SHINED and AMAZED (especially the chapter on Chimera, which was utterly fascinating), but it’s a shame the reader has to wade through all of the weeds to discover the gems.
Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook.
A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from the other. This happens with twins in utero, as well, which can have some odd effects on the later adults. Mr. Zimmer had his own genetics sequenced, which he used as a kind of framing device through the book, addin ...more
The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mendel's Law and DNA, of the evolutionary development of DNA, of heredity within the cells of our bodies, of other pathways of heredity besides DNA, of the future of heredity thanks to cutting edge science. Heredity's ...more