Epigenetics by Richard C. Francis
The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance

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Goodbye, genetic blueprint. . . . The first book for general readers ?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.
 

About Richard C. Francis

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Richard C. Francis is a freelance writer with a PhD in neurobiology and behavior from Stony Brook University. He is the author of Why Men Won't Ask for Directions. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published June 13, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 257 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Science writer Francis (Why Men Won’t Ask for Directions, 2003) sets out to dethrone the notion that genes are the “directors” of the “plays” that are our lives, orchestrating our development and determining our risk for disease and sundry physical and behavioral traits.

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The age of epigenetics has arrived."—Time, January 2010

Epigenetic means "on the gene," and the term refers to the recent discovery that stress in the environment can impact an individual's physiology so deeply that those biological scars are actually inherited by the next ...

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It’s not often you find José Canseco, mouse mothers, Dutch famine victims, sea urchins, identical twins and Tasmanian devils all in the same book, but you will here.

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