In Pursuit of the Gene by James Schwartz
From Darwin to DNA

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Schwartz presents the history of genetics through the eyes of a dozen or so central players, beginning with Charles Darwin and ending with Nobel laureate Hermann J. Muller. This book offers readers the background they need to understand the latest findings in genetics and those still to come in the search for the genetic basis of complex diseases and traits.

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James Schwartz is an independent scholar and writer living in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Published June 30, 2009 by Harvard University Press. 384 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Science writer Schwartz first focuses on the early days, beginning with Darwin’s “pangenesis” theory, whereby physical particles in the bloodstream were thought to embody hereditable traits.

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Schwartz’s multifaceted training as a mathematician, geneticist, and writer enables him to provide a remarkably lucid account of the development of the central ideas about heredity, and at the same time bring to life the brilliant and often eccentric individuals who shaped these ideas.

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Here is the 100-year story of genetics with the setbacks and breakthroughs carefully explained, and the human story - including spells in Soviet prison camps and suicide attempts - thrillingly evoked.

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