Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work

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Author: Kat Arney
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2016)
ISBN-10: 1472910052
ISBN-13: 9781472910059
Condition: Very Good. Light wear to cover, edges and corners.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 2 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg


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. So we've all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? According to legend, Ernest Hemingway was once given a six-toed cat by an old sea captain, and her distinctive descendants still roam the writer's Florida estate today.

But rather than a static string of genetic code, this is a dynamic, writhing biological library. And figuring out how it all works - how your genes make you, you - is a major challenge for researchers around the world. Drawing on stories ranging from six-toed cats and stickleback hips to wobbly worms and zombie genes, geneticist Kat Arney explores the how our genes work, creating a companion reader to the book of life itself.


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