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

ISBN-10: 0231161174
ISBN-13: 9780231161176
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nessa Carey
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism's genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Surveying the twenty-year history of the field while also highlighting its latest findings and innovations, this volume provides a readily understandable introduction to the foundations of epigenetics.Nessa Carey, a leading epigenetics researcher, 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 our bodies age and develop disease. Reaching beyond biology, epigenetics now informs work on drug addiction, the long-term effects of famine, and the physical and psychological consequences of childhood trauma. Carey concludes with a discussion of the future directions for this research and its ability to improve human health and well-being.

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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