Titel: When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish: And Other Amazing Tales about the Genes in Your Body
Autor/en: Lisa Seachrist Chiu
Illustriert von Judith A. Seachrist
OXFORD UNIV PR
Juni 2007 - gebunden - 219 Seiten
The complete genome for humans and over fifty other species have been sequenced. With this data, whole genomes across species have been compared, resulting in new information on the evolution of genes and suites of genes, Chiu, a journalist, presents striking stories that show the role and intrinsic interest of identified genes and suites of genes acting in concert to dictate behaviour, diseases, and the course of an individual's life. A genetic primer provides both
background information on genes as well as details about how genes serve as blueprints guiding many aspects of our lives. The rest of the book contains short and engaging stories about many genes and their exhibition in organisms. Most of these stories are about fish, fire and ice, the language gene,
fagile x, mightnight'd children, the werewolf gene. A few other stories describe the more common disorders caused by many genes as well as environmental factors.
Lisa Seachrist Chiu is a journalist and writer who has covered the cutting edge of genetics, medicine, and molecular biology for more than a decade. She's been published in United Press International Syndicate papers, Science, Science News, BioWorld Today, Discovery.com, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She lives in Washington, DC.
"One of the joys of Chiu's catalog of genetic oddities is that you can flip through it and imagine yourself endowed with abilities conferred by one of these tiny molecules: the ACE gene, which increases endurance, and the Schwartzenegger gene, which boosts muscle mass, would make you into a heck of an athlete, for example. Another joy is that, in reading, you learn that these are not really oddities at all, but changes in common cellular machinery shared by us all.... Chiu tells these tales not as a genetic Ripley's Believe It or Not, but as cleverly drawn illustrations of how the body works, highlighting ways in which our greater understanding of things that at first seem just weird lead to paths to the greater good, including roads that may lead to the better treatment of disease."--Josh Fischman, Senior Writer, US News & World Report
"This is an enjoyable and fascinating tour through modern genetics. Tucked among the interesting anecdotes about the settlement of early America and the madness of King George are easy to follow explanations of single-gene disorders, the recently identified phenomenon of imprinting, and new research into how genes are born and evolve over time. Readers will come away not only with a better understanding of biology but some curious tales to tell their friends." --Carol Ezzell Webb, Freelance writer and editor
"This is a layman's guide to human genetics. It provides a fascinating and thoroughly delightful way to learn about the field all the way from classic mendelian genetics to epigenetics to transposons and genomics. This is a remarkable collection of stories about the discovery and elucidation of some rare or not so rare geneticdisorders." --Victor A. McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, author of Mendelian Inheritance in Man, and recipient of the National Medal of Science