Mutants: on genetic variety and the human body

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Penguin Books, Jan 25, 2005 - Science - 431 pages
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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 HomerÂ'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).

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Scientfic, but very well researched and very funny. - Goodreads
So be ready for some disturbing pictures. - Goodreads
It was OK. very technical writing. - Goodreads
A lot of photos and illustrations. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Lo - Goodreads

Trigger warnings! There 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 ... Read full review

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I enjoyed this book so much! Drawing mainly from science, but also touching upon mythology here and there, it aims at looking at how the human body works by analyzing particularly those instances in which biology fails to pursue its usual course. Read full review

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Contents

Mutants An introduction
3
A Perfect Join On embryos
23
The Last Judgement On first parts
65
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

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.