The Epigenetics Revolution

The Epigenetics Revolution

How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance

Book - 2012
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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."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780231161169
Branch Call Number: 616.042 CAREY
Characteristics: x, 339 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Sep 10, 2015

This book is very well written and easy to digest. Topics are introduced in small bites then expanded on later after you have a grasp on the basics. Easy to follow and a joy to read. Excellent.

Jan 22, 2013

This book is a great read for staying up to date with biology/genetics. The subject matter's fascinating and the writing is easily absorbed (if you have a decent understanding of biology.)


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