• 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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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

Not so spooky science

Concise and scientific introduction to the field. Author uses humor and flair along with interesting case studies and good uses of metaphor. For example think of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The script of Romeo and Juliet is akin to the DNA genetic code. The various and highly different theatrical productions and movies based on the same script but appearing very different are a metaphor forepigenetic direction. The science is developing and exciting but spooky supernaturalism and mysticism is not necessary to learn more about this engaging subject.as noted by the author it is more helpful to think of epigenetic's in terms of the cellular and molecular machinery rather then some type etheral software code programmed by a designer. I would recommend this book to a general reader interested in the subject.
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- lucy "mmulkeen"

Book Details

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