She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force set to shape our future even more radically. She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity int Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that...

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Title:She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
Author:Carl Zimmer
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ISBN:She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity Reviews

  • Charlene
    Aug 06, 2018
    Fascinating science book with enough personal histories to keep it all interesting, although I admit those last few chapters on gene splicing & CRISPR got beyond me. I learned a lot . . . didn't realize that hereditary was so variable (we don't get exactly 50% of our genes from eac...
  • Jessica Howard
    Jul 23, 2018
    So fascinating!! ...
  • Polo Lonergan
    Jun 23, 2018
    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...
  • Mehrsa
    Jun 06, 2018
    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...
  • Sarah
    Aug 30, 2018
    A great popular science read for anyone interested in why we are the way we are. ...
  • Ellen
    Jul 25, 2018
    Great science writing and very up to date with the last chapters coming right up to current events in genetics. I got the spine tingly sense that we are right in the middle of a time of radical revelations about how life works. ...
  • Colleen
    Jul 21, 2018
    Amazing. I'd read The Gene: an Intimate History by Mukherjee and Genome: an autobiography of a species in 23 chapters, by Matt Ridley, so I was familiar with some of the things discussed in this book, but there were still things I hadn't encountered. at over 500 pages it is a fairly he...
  • Jaimie
    Jul 01, 2018
    Good, but a bit uneven. Some sections were very enjoyable, but others dragged a bit for me. ...
  • Dlmrose
    Jun 06, 2018
    3+ ...
  • Caitlin
    Jul 18, 2018
    A truly mammoth book that should have been edited down to a few hundred pages. The interesting tidbits and stories were immersed in unnecessary prose and benign chapters that served no purpose except to increase the word count. Some stories SHINED and AMAZED (especially the chapter on ...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Sep 16, 2018
    Se tem um autor que sempre vou fazer questão de ler o que lançar é o Carl Zimmer. Foi de longe uma das maiores motivações para eu começar a blogar e escrever sobre ciência. E é um dos jornalistas com o conhecimento de biologia mais amplo que leio, que sabe integrar áreas da bi...
  • Steve
    Aug 14, 2018
    Superb science writing. All about heredity, genetics, etc. I read a lot about this stuff, so much in the book was familiar already - but a lot was brand new to me also. Great discussions about social implications including some of the best writing about the long and complex history of ...
  • Gary
    Jul 07, 2018
    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...
  • Karen
    Jul 22, 2018
    Quite the undertaking but well worth it! It?s extremely accessible - I?m even considering recommending it to my mom who is ?allergic? to science terminology. I did find one strange error that I?m shocked the editor missed - there?s a chapter in which Zimmer is talking ab...
  • Emil O. W. Kirkegaard
    Sep 03, 2018
    This book is pretty left-biased and too long, but not as bad as many popular news sources. Zimmer does not fall hard for the transgenerational epigenetics stuff, heeding the advice of Kevin Mitchell (e.g. http://www.wiringthebrain.com/2013/01...). Still, a lot of the beginning of the b...
  • Dramatika
    Jun 24, 2018
    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...
  • Shannan
    Aug 28, 2018
    I?d like to write a fuller review but at this point I want to commend Carl on the breadth and accessibility of his book. There are things that take some understanding because they are new. I want to read the chapters about CRISPR again. This is the first book I?ve come across that ...
  • Rāhul
    Jul 16, 2018
    The secrets of heredity have always fascinated human beings. Scientific pursuit of the manipulation of the odds of heredity among domestic plants and animals, as well as the works of Lamark, Darwin others, offering theories behind the rules codified by Mendel, led also to efforts by eu...
  • Paul
    Jun 17, 2018
    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...
  • Yaaresse
    Jul 21, 2018
    4.5, rounding up. This is the most interesting book I've read this year. Zimmer provides a basic history of genetics, the theories and research, that sets the groundwork for discussing the biotech advances of recent years and all the accompanying ethical and legal challenges. He ha...
  • Ross
    Jul 16, 2018
    This should be required reading for anyone who uses one of those 23 and Me or AncestryDNA gene sequencing companies. The author does a nice job explaining the limitations of such knowledge - in part by exploring non-Mendelian inheritance (such as epigenetics as well as cultural and eco...
  • Ernst Hafen
    Jun 20, 2018
    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...
  • Pam Mooney
    May 19, 2018
    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...
  • Gerard Villegas
    Jun 10, 2018
    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...
  • Andrew
    Jul 26, 2018
    Fascinating! Highly recommend. ...
  • Leo
    Jun 29, 2018
    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...
  • Hannah Klein
    Jul 25, 2018
    I had to read this book because of the title, but it turned out quite fascinating despite my judging it by its cover. I learned several things I didn't know about the history of genetics and our study of heredity. It might be a little science jargon heavy for people who haven't don...
  • Isaac Larkin
    Jun 08, 2018
    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...
  • Amy C.
    Jul 01, 2018
    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...
  • Nazia Naz
    Apr 26, 2018
    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...