Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism's genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Surveying the 20-year history of the field while also highlighting its latest findings and innovations, this volume provides a readily understandable introduction to the foundations of epigenetics. Nessa Carey, a leading epigenetics researcher, connects the field's arguments to such diverse phenomena as how ants and queen bees control their colonies, why tortoiseshell cats are always female, why some plants need cold weather before they can flower, and how our bodies age and develop disease. Reaching beyond biology, epigenetics now informs work on drug addiction, the long-term effects of famine, and the physical and psychological consequences of childhood trauma. Carey concludes with a discussion of the future directions for this research and its ability to improve human health and well-being.
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Maybe A Bit Over My Head But Great Performance
This is an admission I probably shouldn't make. If I don't feel like giving a book a 4 or 5 star I refrain from ranking it thinking I just didn't get it. If I feel like I wasted my money I do rank 1 star. If it weren't for the enthusiastic reading I would have not rated this book.
This is an amazing topic with so much happening that even though I only got 10% of the facts, I am now a 100% believer that this is important work.
Thank you Nesa Carey for even trying to explain it to me and thank you Donna Postel for keeping me listening.