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Epigenetics Revolution How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance

ISBN-10: 0231161166
ISBN-13: 9780231161169
Edition: 2012
Authors: Nessa Carey
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/6/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Epigenetics has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on earth. It explains why mapping an organism's DNA code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Conducting a survey of the twenty-year history of the field while also showcasing its latest findings, this volume provides a solid introduction for grasping the foundations of epigenetics, the field's recent discoveries and innovations, and its practical and theoretical applications. Epigenetics is now informing work on drug addiction, the long-term effects of famine, and the physical and psychological consequences of childhood trauma.A leading epigenetics researcher, Nessa Carey also connects the field's arguments to such diverse phenomena as how ants and queen bees control their colonies, why tortoiseshell cats are always female, why some plants need cold weather before they can flower, and how we age and develop disease. She concludes with future directions for research and the ability for epigenetics to improve human health and well-being. Published in the United Kingdom in 2011 and widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic, this new book is sure to become a classic in modern biology.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
An Ugly Toad and an Elegant Man
How We Learned to Roll Uphill
Life As We Knew It
Life As We Know It Now
Why Aren't Identical Twins Actually Identical?
The Sins of the Fathers
The Generations Game
The Battle of the Sexes
Generation X
The Message is Not the Medium
Fighting the Enemy Within
All in the Mind
The Downhill Slope
Long Live the Queen
The Green Revolution
The Ways Ahead
Notes
Glossary
Index

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