She Has Her Mother's Laugh : The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

She Has Her Mother's Laugh : The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Zimmer, Carl

Editorial Random House USA
Fecha de edición junio 2019 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9781101984611
672 páginas
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2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalist
"Science book of the year"The Guardian
One of New York Times100 Notable Books for 2018
One of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Books of 2018
One of Kirkus's Best Books of 2018
One of Mental Floss's Best Books of 2018
One of Science Friday's Best Science Books of 2018
';Extraordinary'New York Times Book Review
"Magisterial"The Atlantic
"Leading contender as the most outstanding nonfiction work of the year"Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer 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 areour appearance, our height, our penchantsin 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 ancestorsusing a word that once referred to kingdoms and estatesbut 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.

Biografía del autor

Carl Zimmer, nacido en 1966, es uno de los divulgadores científicos más importantes de la actualidad. Empezó escribiendo sobre ciencia en la revista Discover, donde trabajó entre 1994 y 1998. Desde entonces ha escrito 13 libros sobre biología, medicina y neurociencia. De todos ellos, Parásitos: El extraño mundo de las criaturas más peligrosas de la naturaleza es el primero que se traduce al castellano. Publicado originalmente en el año 2000 con el título de Parasite Rex, según Los Ángeles Times, se trata de un libro capaz de transformar la forma en que vemos el mundo .

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