Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes

Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes

by Richard C. Francis

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Overview

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.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393080322
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 801,383
File size: 582 KB

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 Men Won’t Ask for Directions.

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