“The Gene takes a difficult and often confusing subject and makes both the history and science understandable and interesting.”
Featured in Bloomberg’s Best Books of 2017.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Siddhartha Mukherjee showcases our hunt to know about human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, identities, fates, personalities, and choices. This book reminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world.
The biography succeeds because of the simplicity with which numerous exotic ideas are explained. From the notions of introns and exons to the inheritable nature of most phenotypes, the feedback from an environment to gene mutation and the massive role played by non-gene factors in most of our traits; the author uncovers a staggering variety of interesting findings in a highly understandable manner.
Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories and swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry.
By this engrossing and steady history, we can see that how humans came to know the roles of genes in making us who we are—and what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our future. This book is the pictorial and lordly history of a scientific concept coming to life, the most important science of our time, intimately explained by a master. This book is a must-read for all the biology students.
“The Gene” is a magnificent synthesis of the science of life and forces all to confront the essence of that science as well as the ethical and philosophical challenges to our conception of what constitutes of being human.