Through the use of famous patients, characters, legends, history, anecdotes and news stories, "The Power of the Gene: The Origin and Impact of Genetic Disorders" works on a new level to introduce the subject of genetics by generating interest around ...
the subject through well-known examples. For instance, those genetics disorders thought to lie behind the Vampire legends, those of the Werewolf and those inherited diseases that have changed history, such as the fall of the Russian Royal family or the loss of half of the British Empire. In this respect, the intention of the book is not to shock people by painting disheartening pictures of severely disabled and deformed people, rather it is written in a live-and-let-live style. Filled with hundreds of examples the reader is drawn into the workings of genetics through a curiosity about the genetic disorders with which well known historical figures and celebrities have had to contend. For example, cystic fibrosis left Chopin so weak from coughing and digestive problems that he would give piano lessons from his bed. Sickle-cell anaemia affects the life of the lead singer from TLC, T-boz, and is quite common in people of African descent. In this respect this book is unique. In between the numerous stories and anecdotes the reader is drawn through the principles of genetics.
Number of pages: 217
Date of publication: 25/02/2011
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