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The Resource She has her mother's laugh : what heredity is, is not, and may become, Carl Zimmer

She has her mother's laugh : what heredity is, is not, and may become, Carl Zimmer

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She has her mother's laugh : what heredity is, is not, and may become
Title
She has her mother's laugh
Title remainder
what heredity is, is not, and may become
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Carl Zimmer
Title variation
What heredity is, is not, and may become
Title variation remainder
the powers, perversions, and potential of heredity
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eng
Summary
"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" --
Summary
The award-winning columnist and author of Parasite Rex presents a history of our understanding of heredity and how it has shaped human society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and sharing anecdotal insights into his own family's experiences while making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future
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New York Times Notable Book, 2018
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1966-
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Zimmer, Carl
Dewey number
576.5
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Heredity
  • Heredity, Human
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adult
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the powers, perversions, and potential of heredity
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She has her mother's laugh : what heredity is, is not, and may become, Carl Zimmer
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
The light trifle of his substance -- Traveling across the face of time -- This race should end with them -- Attagirl -- An evening's revelry -- The sleeping branches -- Individual Z -- Mongrels -- Nine foot high complete -- Ed and Fred -- Ex ovo omnia -- Witch's broom -- Chimeras -- You, my friend, are a wonderland -- Flowering monsters -- The teachable ape -- Yet greatly did he dare -- Orphaned at conception -- The planet's heirs
Control code
on1004448431
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 657 pages
Isbn
9781101984598
Lccn
2017046101
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1004448431
Label
She has her mother's laugh : what heredity is, is not, and may become, Carl Zimmer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The light trifle of his substance -- Traveling across the face of time -- This race should end with them -- Attagirl -- An evening's revelry -- The sleeping branches -- Individual Z -- Mongrels -- Nine foot high complete -- Ed and Fred -- Ex ovo omnia -- Witch's broom -- Chimeras -- You, my friend, are a wonderland -- Flowering monsters -- The teachable ape -- Yet greatly did he dare -- Orphaned at conception -- The planet's heirs
Control code
on1004448431
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 657 pages
Isbn
9781101984598
Lccn
2017046101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1004448431

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