• by Richard C. Francis
  • Narrated by Kurt Elftmann
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Goodbye, genetic blueprint.... The first book for general listeners on the game-changing field of epigenetics.
The burgeoning new science of epigenetics offers a cornucopia of insights - some comforting, some frightening. For example, the male fetus may be especially vulnerable to certain common chemicals in our environment, in ways that damage not only his own sperm but also the sperm of his sons. And it’s epigenetics that causes identical twins to vary widely in their susceptibility to dementia and cancer. But here’s the good news: unlike mutations, epigenetic effects are reversible. Indeed, epigenetic engineering is the future of medicine.


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Customer Reviews

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Good on Eugenics, horrible on political bias

I was looking for a book my precocious 15 year old would like for summer reading in her self-described "potential career path". This fit the bill in that it gives a very clear and cogent description of the field and unanswered questions. It doesn't get bogged down in bio-jargon and I'm confident my 15 yr old will be able to understand it completely.

What my 15 year-old doesn't need is the politically snide and holier-than-thou remarks sprinkled throughout the text. It's interesting to have an author as a scientist be exacting in his wording only to have the next paragraph make sweeping generalizations about political leanings or beliefs.

But I still recommend it. And I'm curios what my 15 year-old will sa about the political asides or even notice them...
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- Grant

Biology background helpful

Great synopsis on the current state of epigentics. It is definitely helpful to have a background with some biology knowledge, at least intro college biology.
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- Dylan Carmody

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios