Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes

Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393342284
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 649,325
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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