Herding Hemingway's cats : understanding how our genes work
Arney, Kat, author.
Herding Hemingway's cats : understanding how our genes work / Kat Arney.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2017.
288 pages ; 20 cm
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Understanding how our genes work
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-279) and index.
- It's all about that base
- It's not what you've got, it's what you do with it that counts
- Taking out the garbage
- A bit of dogma
- Throwing the switch
- The secret's in the blend
- Cats with thumbs
- Fish with hips
- Mice and men and mole rats, oh my!
- Party town
- Pimp my genome
- Cut and paste
- Nature's red pen
- Ever-increasing circles
- Silence of the genes
- Night of the living dead
- On the hop
- Opening a can of wobbly worms
- Everyone's a little bit mutant
- Opening the black box
- Blame the parents
- Meet the Mickey Mouse mice
- In search of the 21st-century gene.
The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. We've all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? Drawing on stories ranging from six toed cats and stickleback hips to Mickey Mouse mice and zombie genes - told by researchers working at the cutting edge of genetics - Kat Arney explores the mysteries in our genomes with clarity, flair and wit, creating a companion reader to the book of life itself.
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