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Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes

Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes

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by Richard C. Francis
     
 

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Goodbye, genetic blueprint. . . . The first book for general readers ?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

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Goodbye, genetic blueprint. . . . The first book for general readers ?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.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Epigenetics explains all this in clear, no-nonsense prose. . . . One particularly excellent chapter explains epigenetic change through the body of steroid-addled baseball player José Canseco, from his brain to his testicles.”— Josh Rothman
Slate
“Francis’s primer introduces a new field. It’s a thorough guide to the many ways in which personality and health can play out through our genes but not be coded for in DNA.”— Christine Kenneally
Christine Kenneally - Slate
“Francis’s primer introduces a new field. It’s a thorough guide to the many ways in which personality and health can play out through our genes but not be coded for in DNA.”
Josh Rothman - Boston Globe
“Epigenetics explains all this in clear, no-nonsense prose. . . . One particularly excellent chapter explains epigenetic change through the body of steroid-addled baseball player José Canseco, from his brain to his testicles.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393080322
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/04/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
583,240
File size:
582 KB

Meet the Author

Richard C. Francis is a science journalist with a PhD in neurobiology from Stony Brook University. He is the author of the acclaimed books Domesticated, Epigenetics and Why Won’t Men Ask for Directions? He lives in northern California.

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Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
resena More than 1 year ago
It may be hard to keep politics and religion out of a discussion of epigenetics, but it might have been worth a try. Ergo, be prepared: this is not an unbiased textbook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago