‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ and ‘Inheritance’

August 10, 2014

‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ and ‘Inheritance’
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/books/review/a-troublesome-inheritance-and-inheritance.html

http://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Genes-Change-Lives—Lives/dp/1455549444

available via audible

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One can find more productive ways to think about genes. As a physician who researches and treats rare genetic disorders, Sharon Moalem, the author of “Inheritance,” sees firsthand how sharply DNA can constrain our lives. Yet “our genes aren’t as fixed and rigid as most of us have been led to believe,” he says, for while genetic defects often create havoc, variable gene expression (our genes’ capacity to respond to the environment with a flexibility only now being fully recognized) can give our bodies and minds surprising resilience. In his new book, Moalem describes riveting dramas emerging from both defective genes and reparative epigenetics.
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