Books et al.Genetics

Form. Function. Fate

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Science  17 Jun 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6292, pp. 1403
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6085

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"This missing science of heredity … is, in simple truth, ten times more important to humanity than all the chemistry and physics, all the technical and industrial science that ever has been or ever will be discovered," wrote H. G. Wells in 1903. Having dedicated more than 500 pages to the topic in his new book, The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee would seem to agree. The book examines human genetics, from its philosophical roots in the work of Aristotle, through Gregor Mendel's garden and Thomas Hunt Morgan's work on fruitflies, and including active work in genome editing.