The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey
How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance

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Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism’s genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Surveying the twenty-year history of the field while also highlighting its latest findings and innovations, this volume provides a readily understandable introduction to the foundations of epigenetics.

Nessa Carey, a leading epigenetics researcher, connects the field’s arguments to such diverse phenomena as how ants and queen bees control their colonies; why tortoiseshell cats are always female; why some plants need cold weather before they can flower; and how our bodies age and develop disease. Reaching beyond biology, epigenetics now informs work on drug addiction, the long-term effects of famine, and the physical and psychological consequences of childhood trauma. Carey concludes with a discussion of the future directions for this research and its ability to improve human health and well-being.
 

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Nessa Carey earned her Ph.D. in virology from the University of Edinburgh and is a former senior lecturer at Imperial College in London. She works in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, and for the past seven years has specialized in epigenetics. She has strong relationships with leading epigenetics researchers, medical labs in Europe, and some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States. These include the Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania, the Wistar Institute, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Southern California.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Columbia University Press. 354 pages
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British virologist Carey tackles epigenetics with a passion to explain a rapidly developing and complex field.

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Time was when scientific revolutions – the discoveries of Newton, Faraday, Darwin, Einstein, Watson and Crick – reverberated around the globe.

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“The science of epigenetics is going to be huge .

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“The science of epigenetics is going to be huge . . .”

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Image via Wikipedia Science writers can irritate scientists, especially when they get all 'breathless' about developments in biology that 'promise' to change Darwinian theory as we know it. Epigenetics is a good example. Also known as evolutionary developmental biology (or 'evo-devo'), it is bas...

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