The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476733524
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Published: Scribner - May 2nd, 2017

From Mendel to Darwin to Watson, Crick, Franklin, and beyond, this book is an exuberant romp through the history of scientists’ attempts to discover that oh-so-elusive fundamental unit of life: the gene. A tender balance of heart and history help to elevate this book to a level beyond your standard science-writing fare, as Mukherjee expertly weaves scientific history in with the story of his own family’s struggle with inherited genetic illness. This book is so good that Mukherjee had me practically buzzing with excitement as I read about a random monk breeding hundreds of thousands of peas. That takes talent. Altogether, this is a perfect read for anyone interested in learning more about what makes them who they are. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso

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