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
I found some accounts difficult to read. - Goodreads
So be ready for some disturbing pictures. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Near the end of this book the author pulls out the quote 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 ... Read full review

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I could not put this book down. This is not a book about exploiting people with genetic disorders. It's about understanding our bodies and how they function. He doesn't dumb down his language and ... 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.