Identically Different by Tim Spector
Why We Can Change Our Genes

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A delightfully thought-provoking overview of the nature-vs.-nurture debate.


If you share most of the same genetic material, what makes you so different from your siblings?

How much are the things you choose to do everyday--what you eat, how you vote, who you love--determined by your genes, and how much is your own free will? Using fascinating case studies of identical twins, leading geneticist Tim Spector explains how even real-life "clones" with the same upbringing turn out in reality to be very different.

Drawing on his own cutting-edge research in genetics, Spector show us that nothing is completely hard-wired or pre-ordained. Challenging, enlightening and entertaining, Identically Different explores topics as varied as why the Dutch have become the tallest nation in the world, why autism is more heritable than breast cancer, and what could cause a healthy man to have a heart attack within weeks of his overweight, heavy smoking identical twin. Spector's probing and thoughtful study helps us to understand what makes each of us so unique.

About Tim Spector

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Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and a consultant physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. He set up the Twins UK register in 1993, the largest of its kind in the world, which he continues to direct. He has won numerous academic awards and published more than five hundred academic papers. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and is often interviewed by the media on his team's research.
Published August 1, 2013 by The Overlook Press. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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on May 18 2013

A delightfully thought-provoking overview of the nature-vs.-nurture debate.

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