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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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
A lot of photos and illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gloria Chen - Goodreads

more accessible than a textbook, with some nice anecdotes, but lots of developmental bio and factual information that bogs it down. it was a nice look at mutation and what we see as normalcy, but i wouldn't have chosen it out myself. Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon Ryan - Goodreads

I bought this book because of my interest in the old sideshow/freakshow culture and wanted to learn more about the how and why these things happen. I feel it promotes critical thinking, and now ... Read full review

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Mutants An introduction
A Perfect Join On embryos
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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.