Monday, 23 May 2016

The Gene By Siddhartha Mukherjee

Review: The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a magnificently well-researched, articulate history of man kind's discovery and exploration of genetics. From the first steps taken by Mendel to the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany in the name of genetic research to modern day gene splicing and China's current efforts to modify human embryos, the world of genetic research has spanned centuries while mesmerizing and terrifying all at the same time.

This book is, in essence, a text book on the science and history of genetic science. Compared to most texts, this account is written in a conversationalist tone that allows the every-day reader to appreciate and understand the complexities and concepts behind genetics. I found this book to be incredibly well written, the explanations clear, the progression of topics logical, and the voice engaging.

By the end of The Gene my personal thoughts and opinions on the field of genetics were certainly changed. This book does not seek to adapt anyone's opinion or approach to genetics but it does thoroughly educate you on the field in the most intimate of ways; thus, it is difficult to read from the first to the last page without having a more thorough and complete understanding of genetics and a better basis for ones own opinion.

While this book is a lofty read at a nearly 500 pages it is an excellent addition to any library for those seeking to further their knowledge and education in this area.

Thank-you to Simon & Schuster Canada for a free copy of this book from the renowned author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer physician, researcher, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies.

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