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Amazon absolute best e books of the Month, July 2012: Born to parents named Gene and Jean, Sam Kean were given enough ribbing in class technological know-how elegancees to advance an early aversion to genetics. lucky for us, curiosity overcame conditioning as he become increasingly more serious about the position DNA performs in shaping future. As he didentification in The Disappearing Spoon, an interesting chronicle of human interactions with each and every periodic component, Kean has created another web page-turning medical history in The Violinist’s Thumb. With fluidentification gusto, he turns the invention of DNA into riveting human drama, then unfurls a sequence of anecdotes that amplify our working out of genetic affect on our lives as (on occasion uniquely proficient) folks, from presidentificationents to physicists to violin virtuosos with particularly dexterous digits. Kean remove darkness froms clues embedded in our genes that lend a hand map the meandering trajectory of our species, then leaves readers with the particular impression that all this has been an out of this world preamble to our species’ most thrilling (and most probably chilling) chapter: manipulating our DNA to remake long term humans, and all existence on this planet. --Mari Malcolm

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Released: 2012-07-17

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The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean


From ny instances bestselling writer Sam Kean comes more improbable stories of technological know-how, history, language, and track, as instructed by means of our own DNA.

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling writer Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic desk. in the VIOLINISTcff0478#39;S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of existence: DNA.

There are genes to explain crazy cat women, why folks haven't any fingerprints, and why some folks continue to exist nuclear bombs. Genes remove darkness from the whole lot from JFKcff0478#39;s bronze skin (it wasncff0478#39;t a tan) to Einsteincff0478#39;s genius. They turn out that Neanderthals and humans bred hundreds of years more recently than any folks would really feel relaxed thinking. they are able to even allow some folks, on account of the outstanding flexibility in their thumbs and hands, to turn out to be truly singular violinists.

Keancff0478#39;s colourful storytelling as soon as once more makes technological know-how exciting, explaining human history and whimsy at the same time as showing how DNA will affect our speciescff0478#39; long term.
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author: Sam Keanwriter: Little, Brown and ..Binding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: 416

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