The Gene: An Intimate History


By Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Lost and found with “the most wondrous map ever produced”. A talented writer and doctor guides us through the past, present, and future of genome science. ... The ethical questions around genome editing are enormous. That is why I am so glad I read The Gene by Columbia University cancer doctor and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee. I loved Mukherjee’s 2015 TED Talk and his brilliant book about cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. It must really tick off full-time writers that a doctor can win a Pulitzer in his spare time! ... In The Gene, Mukherjee once again shows his gift for making hard science easily accessible. He wrote this book for general audiences, because he knows that it’s not good enough for scientists alone to debate the huge ethical questions that their discoveries provoke. ... My favorite part of the book was the final section, “Post-Genome: The Genetics of Fate and Future.” It does a great job bringing into sharp focus the difficult ethical questions that will become increasingly intense.


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