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The Bookshelf: Jan. 19, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Herding Hemingway's Cats.

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HERDING HEMINGWAY'S CATS: Understanding How Our Genes Work

by Kat Arney

“Genes are the things in your DNA that make your eyes blue, your belly bulge or your hair curl….Genetic knowledge has the power to save us,” she writes at the beginning of the book. Of course, it’s not nearly that simple, but by the end of the book, Arney has arrived at a simplified definition of a gene: “an inherited thing that does a thing.” In between, the author delivers an alluring tale of science at its most humble and probing, at least as practiced by the company of skeptics and scientific investigators. … A robust, bouncy, pellucid introduction to DNA and genetics.

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