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 twenty-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.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Donna Postel is fascinated by all kinds of stories and loves telling them. From memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense, Donna uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Ugly Toad and an Elegant Man 11
Chapter 2 How We Learned to Roll Uphill 23
Chapter 3 Life As We Knew It 42
Chapter 4 Life As We Know It Now 54
Chapter 5 Why Aren't Identical Twins Actually Identical? 75
Chapter 6 The Sins of the Fathers 97
Chapter 7 The Generations Game 115
Chapter 8 The Battle of the Sexes 129
Chapter 9 Generation X 152
Chapter 10 The Message is Not the Medium 178
Chapter 11 Fighting the Enemy Within 205
Chapter 12 All in the Mind 233
Chapter 13 The Downhill Slope 262
Chapter 14 Long Live the Queen 282
Chapter 15 The Green Revolution 293
Chapter 16 The Ways Ahead 304
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was fascinating. I think "Estrogeneration" is also another top book on epigenetics, including actual health issues.