Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

ISBN-10: 0316182311
ISBN-13: 9780316182317
Edition: 2012
Authors: Sam Kean
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Book details

List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 7/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a child and now he is a writer in Washington DC. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate and New Scientist, inter alia. Sam gets called Sean at least once a month. He grew up in South Dakota, which means more to him than it probably should. He's a fast reader but a very slow eater. He went to college in Minnesota and studied physics and English. He taught for a few years at an experimental charter school in St. Paul, where the kids showed up at night. After that, he tried to move to Spain (it didn't take) and ended up in Washington, D.C. He has a master's degree in library science he will probably never use. He wishes he had a sports team he was passionate about, but doesn't, though he does love track andamp; field.

Introduction
A, C, G, T, and You: How to Read a Genetic Score
Genes, Freaks, DNA: How Do Living Things Pass Down Traits to Their Children?
The Near Death of Darwin: Why Did Geneticists Try to Kill Natural Selection?
Them's the DNA Breaks: How Does Nature Read-and Misread-DNA?
The Musical Score of DNA: What Kinds of Information Does DNA Store?
Our Animal Past: Making things that Crawl and Frolic and Kill
DNA Vindication: Why Did Life Evolve So Slowly-Then Explode in Complexity?
The Survivors, the Livers: What's Our Most Ancient and Important DNA?
The Machiavelli Microbe: How Much Human DNA Is Actually Human?
Love and Atavisms: What Genes Make Mammals Mammals?
Humanzees and Other Near Misses: When Did Humans Break Away from Monkeys, and Why?
Genes and Geniuses : How Humans Became all too Human
Scarlet A's, C's, G's, and T's: Why Did Humans Almost Go Extinct?
Size Matters: How Did Humans Get Such Grotesquely Large Brains?
The Art of the Gene: How Deep in Our DNA Is Artistic Genius?
The Oracle of Dna: Genetics in the Past, Present, and Future
The Past Is Prologue-Sometimes: What Can (and Can't) Genes Teach Us About Historical Heroes?
Three Billion Little Pieces: Why Don't Humans Have More Genes Than Other Species?
Easy Come, Easy Go? How Come Identical Twins Aren't Identical?
Life as We Do (and Don't) Know It: What the Heck Will Happen Now?
Epilogue: Genomics Gets Personal
Acknowledgments
Notes and Errata
Selected Bibliography
Index

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