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Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance | [Richard C. Francis]

Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance

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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Publisher's Summary

Goodbye, genetic blueprint.... The first book for general listeners 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.

©2011 Richard C. Francis (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    lucy 03-30-15
    lucy 03-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not so spooky science"

    Concise and scientific introduction to the field. Author uses humor and flair along with interesting case studies and good uses of metaphor. For example think of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The script of Romeo and Juliet is akin to the DNA genetic code. The various and highly different theatrical productions and movies based on the same script but appearing very different are a metaphor forepigenetic direction. The science is developing and exciting but spooky supernaturalism and mysticism is not necessary to learn more about this engaging subject.as noted by the author it is more helpful to think of epigenetic's in terms of the cellular and molecular machinery rather then some type etheral software code programmed by a designer. I would recommend this book to a general reader interested in the subject.

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    Twang 01-07-14
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    What did you love best about Epigenetics?

    Right to the point, well organised, no suppositions.


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    Story not relavent. This is more of a text book.


    Which character – as performed by Kurt Elftmann – was your favorite?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's Nature and Nurture.


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    Book is worth the time.

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