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 Homer¬'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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User Review  - bke - LibraryThing

The author combines folklore, history, and modern genetics into a fascinating narrative. It is amazing what just a few changes to our DNA can do to the human form. Though the science bogs down in a few places, it is for the most part an easy read. Read full review

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User Review  - devilish2 - LibraryThing

This is not dry inaccessible scientific writing. This is a fascinating look at how genes express themselves and what mutations tell us about how our bodies work both normally and when they are ... 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
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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.