Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work (Bloomsbury Sigma)


The language of genes has turn into universal parlance. we all know they make our eyes blue, our hair curly, and so they keep an eye on our hazards of melanoma, middle affliction, alcoholism, and Alzheimer's. a thousand cash will purchase you your personal genome readout, well kept on a USB stick. And advances in genetic medication carry large promise.

We've all heard of genes, yet how do they really work? There are six toes of DNA inside of each one of your cells; this encodes 20,000 or so genes, tangled right into a mass of molecular spaghetti. this can be the textual content of the cookbook of lifestyles, and hidden inside of those strands are the directions that inform cells whilst and the place to show genes on or off.

In 1935, Ernest Hemingway was once supposedly given Snow White, a six-toed cat who went directly to father a line of comparable offspring that also roam the writer's Florida property. Scientists now comprehend that the fault riding this large quantity of digits lies in a tiny genetic regulate swap, miles away (in molecular phrases) from the gene that "makes" ft. Researchers are studying extra concerning the myriad molecular switches that ensure genes are became on on the correct time and within the correct position, and what occurs once they do not paintings correctly. this can be permitting a 4-dimensional photo of DNA to be built--a dynamic organic library, instead of static strings of code. Geneticist Kat Arney explores the intricacies of ways, out of this seeming genetic chaos, lifestyles is created.

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