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The Bookshelf: March 29, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Gene.

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THE GENE: An Intimate History

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mukherjee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his history of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies (2010), begins with Mendel and his “pea-flower garden,” and he never lets readers forget the social, cultural, and ethical implications of genetics research. ... Throughout, the author provides vivid portraits of the principal players and enough accessible scientific information to bring general readers into the process of genetic lab science. Sobering, humbling, and extraordinarily rich reading from a wise and gifted writer who sees how far we have come — but how much farther we have to go to understand our human nature and destiny.

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