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The Gene - An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies-a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information? The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family-with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness-cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation-from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Thomas Morgan to Crick, Watson and Rosa Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, "It's hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion…An extraordinary achievement." Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or "write" the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies-a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information? The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family-with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness-cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation-from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Thomas Morgan to Crick, Watson and Rosa Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, "It's hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion…An extraordinary achievement." Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or "write" the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies-a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information? The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family-with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness-cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation-from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Thomas Morgan to Crick, Watson and Rosa Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, "It's hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion…An extraordinary achievement." Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or "write" the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dennis Boutsikaris

Length:

19h 23m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

35:17


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

28:13


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

32:53


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

14:51


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

21:08


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

19:11


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

35:26


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

19:31


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

28:17


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

25:47


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

17:32


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

34:40


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

14:14


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

52:37


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

24:11


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

29:24


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

38:23


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

29:31


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

25:33


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

25:48


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

41:48


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

09:33


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

31:35


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

13:30


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

36:43


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

30:22


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

37:40


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

09:58


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

58:24


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

42:50


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

53:06


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

53:25


Part 6, Chapter 32
Part 6, Chapter 32

50:35


Part 6, Chapter 33
Part 6, Chapter 33

01:03:20


Part 6, Chapter 34
Part 6, Chapter 34

52:10


Part 6, Chapter 35
Part 6, Chapter 35

24:55


Part 6, Chapter 36
Part 6, Chapter 36

01:18