Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives--and Our Lives Change Our Genes

Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives--and Our Lives Change Our Genes

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by Sharon Moalem MD, PhD
     
 

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Award-winning physician and New York Times bestselling author Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, reveals how genetic breakthroughs are completely transforming our understanding of both the world and our lives.

INHERITANCE

Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. But Dr. Moalem's groundbreaking book shows us that the human

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Award-winning physician and New York Times bestselling author Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, reveals how genetic breakthroughs are completely transforming our understanding of both the world and our lives.

INHERITANCE

Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. But Dr. Moalem's groundbreaking book shows us that the human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than your ninth grade biology teacher ever imagined. By bringing us to the bedside of his unique and complex patients, he masterfully demonstrates what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being.

In the brave new world we're rapidly rocketing into, genetic knowledge has become absolutely crucial. INHERITANCE provides an indispensable roadmap for this journey by teaching you:

-Why you may have recovered from the psychological trauma caused by childhood bullying-but your genes may remain scarred for life.

-How fructose is the sugar that makes fruits sweet-but if you have certain genes, consuming it can buy you a one-way trip to the coroner's office.

-Why ingesting common painkillers is like dosing yourself repeatedly with morphine-if you have a certain set of genes.

-How insurance companies legally use your genetic data to predict the risk of disability for you and your children-and how that impacts the coverage decisions they make for your family.

-How to have the single most important conversation with your doctor-one that can save your life.

And finally:

-Why people with rare genetic conditions hold the keys to medical problems affecting millions.

In this trailblazing book, Dr. Moalem employs his wide-ranging and entertaining interdisciplinary approach to science and medicine— explaining how art, history, superheroes, sex workers, and sports stars all help us understand the impact of our lives on our genes, and our genes on our lives. INHERITANCE will profoundly alter how you view your genes, your health—and your life.

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, we are not held in bondage from birth by the double helix. As this book by geneticist Sharon Moulem (Survival of the Sickest) shows, our genes do determine some things, but its encodings are not immutable. He notes, for example, that a change in diet can actually alter genes and slow the aging process; while, on the other hand, a trauma can be passed genetically through generations. With its message of change, Inheritance both illuminates and empowers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455549443
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
785,625
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, is an award-winning scientist, physician, and New York Times bestselling author of the books Survival of the Sickest and How Sex Works. His research and writing blends medicine, genetics, history and biology, to explain how the human body works in new and fascinating ways. His internationally bestselling books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Dr. Moalem's scientific work led to the discovery of Sideromycin, a novel antibiotic compound effective against multidrug resistant or 'superbug' microorganisms. He has also been awarded 19 patents for inventions related to biotechnology and human health, and cofounded two biotechnology companies, and served as an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Moalem and his research have been featured in The New York Times, TIME, New Scientist, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Today, and CNN.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could be sumarized in two sentences: Everyone is extremely unique, genetically; no two people respond physically/genetically the same to outside stimulous. The book tells daily experiences of the doctor and all the unusual cases he has come in contact with. I can not recommend this book.