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Into heredity This elegant humane and engaging book captures what we know of the development of what makes us human NatureVisit Armand Marie Leroi on the web http armandleroicomindexhtmlStepping effortlessly from myth to cutting edge scienc The subject of this book cannot help but be interesting and it has enough real science to actually feel as though you're going in depth into the topic of genetic anomalies At a certain point though the voice slipped from that of a narrator leading the reader through interesting historical individuals and their accompanying genetics differences such as conjoined twins and gigantism into something akin to a curious scientist dabbling in anthropology By the end he's wondering whether despite the obvious and acknowledged social and culture dangers of investigating the genetics of race it would be worth satisfying our curiosity about it after all? I found myself feeling vaguely uncomfortable at certain points; his complete bafflement at the fact that a male pseudohermaphrodite would be attracted to women despite being raised as a girl would have been charming were it not so ignorant as to basic understandings of sexual attraction He talked about male pattern baldness and cures for it but never talked about female hirsutism except to mention that men don't find it attractive He discussed red hair in the context of how attractive redheaded women are His discussion of the history of the clitorus took place entirely out of the actual social context of the medical establishment's history of suppression and denial of women's sexuality I don't know if I was being overly sensitive or just dealing with yet another male author unaware of his sexist world view and lack of familiarity with modern ideas about sexuality and gender 2003 was not that long agoOverall an interesting and educational book but I don't really like the author very much Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You're Meant to Have you're going in depth into the topic of genetic anomalies At a certain point though the voice slipped from that of a narrator leading the reader through interesting historical individuals and their accompanying genetics differences such as conjoined twins and gigantism into something akin to a curious scientist dabbling in anthropology By the end he's wondering whether despite the obvious and acknowledged social and culture dangers of investigating the genetics of race it would be worth satisfying our curiosity about it after all? I found myself feeling vaguely uncomfortable at certain points; his complete bafflement at the fact that a male pseudohermaphrodite would be attracted to women despite being raised as a girl would have been charming were it not so ignorant as to basic understandings of sexual attraction He talked about male pattern baldness and cures for it but never talked about female hirsutism except to mention that men don't find it attractive He discussed red hair in the context of how attractive redheaded women are His discussion of the history of the clitorus took place entirely out of the actual social context of the medical establishment's history of suppression and denial of women's sexuality I don't know if I was being overly sensitive or just dealing with I Married a Billionaire (I Married a Billionaire yet another male author unaware of his sexist world view and lack of familiarity with modern ideas about sexuality and gender 2003 was not that long agoOverall an interesting and educational book but I don't really like the author very much

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Mutants On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

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 si All my life I have groaned inside and sometimes outside whenever someone spoke about the miracle of giving birth How miraculous is it I would ask cynically and overly confident of my cleverness if flies and jellyfish do it? In fact it's only one of the most basic functions living organisms perform along with eating and pooping After reading this book however and learning about so many things that can happen during gestation that will render the fetus unviable I am truly amazed first that organisms are born with such basic similarities to other members of their species and second that they are born at all I must admit that reproduction is indeed miraculous Don't get me wrong my horror at pregnancy has not lessened especially after reading about the coat of hair fetuses grow at five months and then shed a few weeks later And I thought defecating while trying to push the fetus out was horrifyingRead

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Ngle 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 Near the end of this book the author pulls out the uote per molto variare la natur e bella Nature's beauty is its variety and it could be a motto for the book itself Given that most of the book is about the human body developing dramatic abnormalities usually during development beauty is an odd word I found some accounts difficult to read But the ability for human biology to survive and sometimes prosper in so many different forms was just amazingaThe book is a discussion of various conditions that have very visible effects dwarfism giantism Siamese twins people with no hands or feet people with hands and feet but no arms and legs people covered with hair than Chewbacca and so on Some are fatal at birth some at a young age but most are not A surprising to me number of people founded lines still prospering today so a Chinese sailor missing the top his skull and clavicles founded a line that has several hundred descendants with the same symptomsIf the existence of a whole family sharing such an unusual trait makes you wonder if scientists can do some sort of genetic analysis and figure something out about how genes interact with the body well answering that is the book's main concern Spoiler alert Yes Most of the discussion is on gene expression and signalling pathways in detail than I expected I'd call it roughly a Scientific American level of discussion I'm not well ualified to judge the scientific soundness but in the small number of cases I knew anything at all Leroi seems to have done a good job presenting both conclusions and uncertaintyThe title presumably picked by the publisher is misleading though as many problems are teratogenic or even nutritional and hove nothing to do with genetics Thalidomide and iodine deficiency induced issues for example I don't begrudge Mutant for eye catching value but throwing in genetic in the subhead continues the annoying trend in popular science writing of implying everything biological is genetic


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  1. says:

    i've now read this book twice and all i can say is that leroi has a rare skill; he is able to present dense scientific facts in a way that borders on poetic his fascination with genetics is apparent in the loving detail with which he writes i particularly loved the way he started each section with a tale from the annals of history giving a very personal voice to each of the disorders he describes


  2. says:

    It took a little while to get into this book What I thought would be the most interesting mutations like conjoined twins were actually the least which is perhaps why the author chose to put that chapter first Honestly the most compelling studies were of things that are not as obvious mutations like size skin color or aging The scientific jargon can get a little intense at times but it eases up as the book continues and is worth slogging through The author treats the subject manner with true humanity managing to really present cases and histories without seeming exploitative and explaining not only the what but truly the whyI can't explain it but somewhere along the way this book completely hooked and invaded my mind It changed the way that I looked and thought about things around me I'm not sure if there's a tangible explanation This book is just elegant It makes you realize the beauty and delicacy of the human genome


  3. says:

    All my life I have groaned inside and sometimes outside whenever someone spoke about the miracle of giving birth How miraculous is it I would ask cynically and overly confident of my cleverness if flies and jellyfish do it? In fact it's only one of the most basic functions living organisms perform along with eating and pooping After reading this book however and learning about so many things that can happen during gestation that will render the fetus unviable I am truly amazed first that organisms are born with such basic similarities to other members of their species and second that they are born at all I must admit that reproduction is indeed miraculous Don't get me wrong my horror at pregnancy has not lessened especially after reading about the coat of hair fetuses grow at five months and then shed a few weeks later And I thought defecating while trying to push the fetus out was horrifyingRead


  4. says:

    Trigger warningsThere are some things in here that aren't in your average book on genetics so I'm going to make a little list of things to watch out for if you read this If I've missed anything let me know and I'll add it The book as a whole is not offensive at all see my note after the list fetal development and ways it can go wrong This is discussed AT LENGTH and it's not a bad thing but I could imagine this being a TERRIBLE read if you're pregnant or have been lately discussion of research done on animals It's not condoned by the author necessarily but I can picture some of my vegan friends being really upset by some of the details of surgery on fetal rabbits or the many many things done to mice to advance understanding of genetics super sueamish people will find parts of this uncomfortable and there are a few disturbing photos the absolute minimum of this is included it's much less sensational than any other cabinet of curiosities type work and the cool things you learn make it worthwhile It's much less intense than a trip to the Mutter museum But there were a couple of points where even I thought oh god that's ugh and I am not easily grossed out When I was 12 I asked a doctor if I could have local anesthetic and watch my own wrist surgery racial stuff handled in a pretty classy way by the author but anything that discusses the history of genetics research is going to include some uncomfortable moments This includes brief Nazi stuff and other historical people did that to PEOPLE? momentsThe most impressive thing about this book to me but there are many positive ualities on display is how the author includes anything that will further the text but nothing else If I wrote this there would be way too many digressions about the life stories of the mutants and scientists involved and it'd be an Erik Larson style 700 pages If most scientists wrote this it probably wouldn't include such a diversity of research and case studies andor be so clear and plainly but elouently written Rarely is opinion mentioned which is refreshing in writing on genetics; Nazi experiments on siblings however are appropriately called out as horrifying It's impressive that this can be so illuminating and provocative without offending As for what's great about this book I hardly know where to begin You'd be better served by reading it than the lengthy thoughts it inspired If you read it on its own you will find it fascinating if at times a little dry and you will learn a lot about how genes make people If on the other hand you have a background studying biology evolution genetics biochemistry or related fields you will find it connects lots of dots and illuminates a big picture in a really satisfying way Or at least that was my experience And if you make a habit of reading pop books about biology and science you will probably like most people here be amazed how well crafted it is compared to anything like it


  5. says:

    Near the end of this book the author pulls out the uote per molto variare la natur e bella Nature's beauty is its variety and it could be a motto for the book itself Given that most of the book is about the human body developing dramatic abnormalities usually during development beauty is an odd word I found some accounts difficult to read But the ability for human biology to survive and sometimes prosper in so many different forms was just amazingaThe book is a discussion of various conditions that have very visible effects dwarfism giantism Siamese twins people with no hands or feet people with hands and feet but no arms and legs people covered with hair than Chewbacca and so on Some are fatal at birth some at a young age but most are not A surprising to me number of people founded lines still prospering today so a Chinese sailor missing the top his skull and clavicles founded a line that has several hundred descendants with the same symptomsIf the existence of a whole family sharing such an unusual trait makes you wonder if scientists can do some sort of genetic analysis and figure something out about how genes interact with the body well answering that is the book's main concern Spoiler alert Yes Most of the discussion is on gene expression and signalling pathways in detail than I expected I'd call it roughly a Scientific American level of discussion I'm not well ualified to judge the scientific soundness but in the small number of cases I knew anything at all Leroi seems to have done a good job presenting both conclusions and uncertaintyThe title presumably picked by the publisher is misleading though as many problems are teratogenic or even nutritional and hove nothing to do with genetics Thalidomide and iodine deficiency induced issues for example I don't begrudge Mutant for eye catching value but throwing in genetic in the subhead continues the annoying trend in popular science writing of implying everything biological is genetic


  6. says:

    If you are interested in biology in general and genetics in particular this is a must read The science is explained with just enough detail to make it accessable to the average reader with a modest scietific background The premis of the book is that we are all mutants to one degree or another The relatively small percentage of genetic mutations that cause catastrophic deformities are the focus of the early part of the book At all times the author treats those who have genetic mutations and deformity with respect and there is no sensationalism that a book like this could have so easly degenerated into Much of the material deals with the less obvious mutations that give the human race its great variety


  7. says:

    Okay this ended up being a long review Judging by the title I was afraid the contents were going to be wildly insensitive and was glad to find that wasn’t the case Throughout the book Leroi points out the absurdity in how humans throughout history have felt the need and right to categorize and label one another based on superficial appearance This book is filled with historical perspective that is interesting to read about Especially the section about Mengele and the horrors his “test subjects” had to endure in Auschwitz simply due genetic mutations that manifest themselves as something outwardly visible as opposed to the plethora of scientifically eually interesting genetic mutations that affect the inside of the body or in fact nothing at all However I found the book to be somewhat monotonous It often – not always but often enough to get repetitive follows a set pattern for each genetic variation 1 Set the scene historically repeatedly with a somewhat lengthy description of name dropped white men going into “uncivilized territory” to find this “new human species” they think they’ve discovered and subseuently paying to purchase one of these individuals often children and take home to study in the safety and comfort of Europe2 Discuss the discrimination superstition and exoticism people with this particular variation have had to endure3 Further give historical perspective on several incorrect theories proposed as the cause 4 Finally reveal the biology behind the mutation followed by philosophical musings or ramblings and onto the next one Which in itself is pretty interesting But being a one book at a time kind of gal I recognize that this book may not have been for stretch reading and would have been excited to read about yet another mutation if I hadn’t just done so many many times previously without catching a break with another book The author overall does an exceptional job of showing respect towards the individuals carrying genetic mutations Only a few times I found myself bristling at – well lack of social awareness and historical perspective really Which is uite impressive for a book so saturated with both I also found it slightly irritating that Leroi kept dropping words in other languages without translating leaving whole sentences lost on me The writing style was pretty pretentious at times I don’t know perhaps I’m just miffed that I don’t know any French


  8. says:

    The subject of this book cannot help but be interesting and it has enough real science to actually feel as though you're going in depth into the topic of genetic anomalies At a certain point though the voice slipped from that of a narrator leading the reader through interesting historical individuals and their accompanying genetics differences such as conjoined twins and gigantism into something akin to a curious scientist dabbling in anthropology By the end he's wondering whether despite the obvious and acknowledged social and culture dangers of investigating the genetics of race it would be worth satisfying our curiosity about it after all? I found myself feeling vaguely uncomfortable at certain points; his complete bafflement at the fact that a male pseudohermaphrodite would be attracted to women despite being raised as a girl would have been charming were it not so ignorant as to basic understandings of sexual attraction He talked about male pattern baldness and cures for it but never talked about female hirsutism except to mention that men don't find it attractive He discussed red hair in the context of how attractive redheaded women are His discussion of the history of the clitorus took place entirely out of the actual social context of the medical establishment's history of suppression and denial of women's sexuality I don't know if I was being overly sensitive or just dealing with yet another male author unaware of his sexist world view and lack of familiarity with modern ideas about sexuality and gender 2003 was not that long agoOverall an interesting and educational book but I don't really like the author very much


  9. says:

    This has to be one of the most boring books I've read in a long timeI'm fascinated by mutations evolution DNA etc and even spent last semester cutting and making recombinant DNA but this book just bored me to tearsFor people just looking for a 'freakshow' or whatever look elsewhere this book is not full of pictures and isn't geared towards that type of crowd anyways it's geared towards people like myself who are fascinated with how DNA works and how errors in DNA can happen through translation and transcodingThis book is also full of very technical terms that not everybody is going to understand so if you haven't take some Biology courses you're going to need to start googling some of the terms


  10. says:

    45 Extremely interesting look at mankind what is normal and what is not Chapters include embryos limbs skeletons growth gender skin and even aging eg mutations resulting in accelerated aging; uery whether issues related toresulting from aging are in fact the result of mutations not breed out of us by natural selection due to them by definition only becoming issues after people have typically already had children Even the epilogue focusing on racial variances and beauty is fascinating Won justifiably several awards


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