Mutants

Mutants

On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

Book - 2003
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Stepping effortlessly from myth to cutting-edge science, Mutants gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed it--a French convent girl who found herself changing sex at puberty; children who, echoing Homer's Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves; one family, whose bodies were entirely covered with hair, was kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations and gave Darwin one of his keenest insights into heredity. This elegant, humane, and engaging book "captures what we know of the development of what makes us human" ( Nature ).

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
ISBN: 9780142004821
0142004820
9780670031108
0670031100
Characteristics: xv, 431 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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May 02, 2013

I really liked this book, it's my first candidate for favorite book I read in 2013. Written extremely well, this COULD have been a sensationalist book, full of hermaphrodites, "wolf-boys," and (emphasis on the quotes) "freaks." It isn't, though, it's a serious discussion about why these things happen, with easy-to-understand explanations of the science behind it, and humanizing descriptions of how the people behind the "freak" labels live with their differences. Powerful, fascinating, riveting stuff.

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