The Violinist's Thumb

And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

Author: Sam Kean

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316202975

Category: Science

Page: 300

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From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

Lab Lit

Exploring Literary and Cultural Representations of Science

Author: Olga Pilkington,Ace G. Pilkington

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498565999

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

View: 2650


This book introduces and explores a new genre, lab lit. Essays both discuss lab lit novels using a variety of analytical approaches as well as provide a theoretical framework to explore the social and literary backgrounds of the genre.

The Laws of Genetics and Gregor Mendel

Author: Fred Bortz

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1477718060

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 8607


Widely regarded as the father of modern genetics, Austrian friar and scientist Gregor Mendel discovered that inherited traits do not blend together, as people once believed. By cultivating thousands of pea plants in his monastery garden and statistically analyzing the results, he was the first to determine how genes (which he called "heredity factors") function, and he coined the terms "dominant" and "recessive." This title traces the amazing story of Mendel's life and work, and relates Mendel's discoveries to our knowledge and application of genetics concepts today. The text supports the Common Core aims of understanding domain-specific vocabulary in science and analyzing the development of important ideas.


The Story of the Genetic Revolution

Author: James D. Watson,Andrew Berry,Kevin Davies

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0385351208

Category: Science

Page: 512

View: 4985


The definitive insider's history of the genetic revolution--significantly updated to reflect the discoveries of the last decade. James D. Watson, the Nobel laureate whose pioneering work helped unlock the mystery of DNA's structure, charts the greatest scientific journey of our time, from the discovery of the double helix to today's controversies to what the future may hold. Updated to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics, agricultural chemistry, as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative exploration of DNA's impact--practical, social, and ethical--on our society and our world.

NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection

Author: David R. Dowell Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610697286

Category: Science

Page: 173

View: 8175


DNA testing can serve as a powerful tool that unlocks the hidden information within our bodies for family history research. This book explains how genetic genealogy works and answers the questions of genealogists and individuals seeking information on their family trees. • Presents an overview to genealogical principles and an introduction to DNA testing for nonexpert audiences • Explains how genetic genealogy can provide data from within our bodies that tells us about who we are, who our ancestors were, and what characteristics our descendants may have • Addresses key legal and ethical issues regarding DNA testing • Describes the accepted protocols of DNA collection, handling, processing, evaluation, and interpretation that make DNA information more reliable than the other kinds of genealogical information

The Soul of DNA

The True Story of a Catholic Sister and Her Role in the Greatest Scientific Discovery of the Twentieth Century

Author: Jun Tsuji

Publisher: Llumina Press

ISBN: 9781595262066

Category: Medical

Page: 164

View: 2570


The Soul of DNA recounts, for the first time, the role of Sister Miriam Michael Stimson, OP, in the discovery of the DNA double helix.