Siddharatha Mukerjee’s “The Gene”-exploring the fascination of Genes

Siddharatha Mukerjee's The Gene-exploring the fascination of Genes
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Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-born American scientist, physician, and writer and is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2010 book, “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

His recent book “The Gene” is “the prequel to Emperor’s sequel.” It is the story about normalcy before it leads to malignancy.The book is the search for normalcy, identity, variation and heredity that connects to the genes.The book explores the questions Why do we look like this? Why do we behave like this? Why are we like this? The book is a search for answers for his family illness.

The book begins as a narrative about nature and nurture.It talks about Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that runs through his family. It is classic story of the interplay of genetic inheritance and external triggers with a human touch. Mukherjee details the history of DNA, its functions and benefits to human health and the comparison with the current genetic engineering and the ethics-laden technological choice.He feels genes are an incredibly important factor in determining who we are as ourselves .Exploring about genes is very fascinating!


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