By Sam Kean
From bestselling writer Sam Kean comes extra fabulous tales of technological know-how, historical past, language, and track, as advised via our personal DNA.
In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling writer Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic desk. within the VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the paranormal construction block of lifestyles: DNA.
There are genes to provide an explanation for loopy cat girls, why people haven't any fingerprints, and why a few humans live on nuclear bombs. Genes light up every thing from JFK's bronze pores and skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They turn out that Neanderthals and people bred millions of years extra lately than any people could suppose cozy considering. they could even permit a few humans, a result of remarkable flexibility in their thumbs and hands, to turn into actually singular violinists.
Kean's brilliant storytelling once more makes technology enjoyable, explaining human background and whimsy whereas exhibiting how DNA will effect our species' future.
Read or Download The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code PDF
Best genetics books
Drawing on startling new facts from the human genome, an explosive new account of the genetic foundation of race and its function within the human tale
Fewer rules were extra poisonous or damaging than the assumption of the organic truth of race, and with it the concept that people of alternative races are biologically varied from each other. For this comprehensible cause, the belief has been banished from well mannered educational dialog. Arguing that race is greater than only a social build can get a student run out of city, or at the very least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, led to prehistory.
Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in a hard Inheritance, the consensus view can't be correct. and actually, we all know that populations have replaced some time past few thousand years—to be lactose tolerant, for instance, and to outlive at excessive altitudes. Race isn't really a bright-line contrast; through definition it signifies that the extra human populations are stored aside, the extra they evolve their very own targeted features less than the selective strain often called Darwinian evolution. for plenty of hundreds of thousands of years, such a lot human populations stayed the place they have been and grew specified, not only in outward visual appeal yet in deeper senses as well.
Wade, the longtime journalist masking genetic advances for the recent York instances, attracts broadly at the paintings of scientists who've made the most important breakthroughs in setting up the truth of contemporary human evolution. the main provocative claims during this ebook contain the genetic foundation of human social conduct. What we'd name middle-class social traits—thrift, docility, nonviolence—have been slowly yet absolutely inculcated genetically inside of agrarian societies, Wade argues. those "values" evidently had a robust cultural part, yet Wade issues to facts that agrarian societies developed clear of hunter-gatherer societies in a few the most important respects. additionally debatable are his findings concerning the genetic foundation of features we go along with intelligence, resembling literacy and numeracy, in convinced ethnic populations, together with the chinese language and Ashkenazi Jews.
Wade believes deeply within the basic equality of all human peoples. He additionally believes that technological know-how is healthier served through pursuing the reality with out worry, and if his venture to reach at a coherent summa of what the hot genetic technological know-how does and doesn't let us know approximately race and human historical past leads directly right into a minefield, then so be it. it will no longer be the final word at the topic, however it will start a strong and past due dialog.
V. 1. A - L -- v. 2. M - Z
On account that George Gaylord Simpson released pace and Mode in Evolution in 1944, discoveries in paleontology and genetics have abounded. This quantity brings jointly the findings and insights of present day best specialists within the examine of evolution, together with Francisco J. Ayala, W. Ford Doolittle, and Stephen Jay Gould.
The sequence themes in present Chemistry Collections offers serious studies from the magazine subject matters in present Chemistry geared up in topical volumes. The scope of insurance is all components of chemical technological know-how together with the interfaces with similar disciplines reminiscent of biology, drugs and fabrics technological know-how.
- The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
- Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined
- Phenotypic Plasticity: Functional and Conceptual Approaches (Life Sciences)
- MicroRNAs in Medicine
- Human Genetics
- Epigenetics: Current Research and Emerging Trends
Additional resources for The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
86 p. Notes Author’s address: Director for Agricultural Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation, 420 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018, USA. Citation: [IRRI] International Rice Research Institute. 1996. Rice genetics III. Proceedings of the Third International Rice Genetics Symposium, 16–20 Oct 1995. Manila (Philippines): IRRI. A. Antonio, A. Shomura, T. Shimano, Y. Y. Lin, T. Inoue, H. Kajiya, Y. Harushima, K. Yamamoto, Y. Nagamura, N. Kurata, M. Yano, Y. Minobe, and T. Sasaki We have constructed a high-density linkage map of rice using an F2 population derived from the cross between a japonica variety, Nipponbare, and an indica variety, Kasalath.
Also, as rice production is becoming uneconomical in high-income countries, the farmers in low-income countries could gain by producing exportable surplus of superior quality grains for the markets in high-income countries. Research on breeding for quality has to be country-specific. But international genetics research could help identify traits that determine rice quality—the size and the shape of the grain, chalkiness, amylose content, gel consistency, and aroma. Rice breeders in national research systems could then use this knowledge to develop varieties for their respective countries.
To the extent that the sample of national and international researchers was able to provide valid estimates of the gains possible from research, the progress already made, and the time needed to make further gains, they are good estimates of the potential of research to make gains. The Rockefeller Foundation will use the data in Table 3 to guide its allocations of rice biotechnology investments over the next few years. We believe the relative investments indicated there are useful indicators of how our funds should be directed.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean