Mutants by Armand Marie Leroi
On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

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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).


 

About Armand Marie Leroi

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Armand Marie Leroi has lived in South Africa, Canada, and the United States. Since 1996, he has been a lecturer in evolutionary genetics at Imperial College, London. He has published widely in technical journals on evolutionary and developmental genetics and writes occasionally for the London Review of Books.
 
Published January 25, 2005 by Penguin Books. 445 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In a book that's as disturbing as it is enlightening, as unsettling as it is compelling, Leroi examines all sorts of genetic variability in humans and explains how that variability helps scient

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In painting after painting - of the dancer La Goulue, the actress Yvette Guilbert, the socialite May Milton, or the many other anonymous Parisian demi-mondaines who inhabit Lautrec's art - what we see are nostrils, gaping, dark and cavernous.

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Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi 431pp, HarperCollins, £20 In a highly quotable dictum in this thought-provoking and aphoristic book, Armand Leroi declares: "We are all mutants.

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In a book that's as disturbing as it is enlightening, as unsettling as it is compelling, Leroi examines all sorts of genetic variability in humans and explains how that variability helps scientists understand the processes associated with human growth and development.

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London Review of Books

Such models are the source of the vast majority of what we currently know about the way animals – including humans – are made.

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