Chance in the House of Fate. A Natural History of Heredity.
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Titel: Chance in the House of Fate. A Natural ...
Verlag: Boston, New York, Houghton Mifflin Company
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In the last few years, a startling new message has emerged about our biology. Scientists probing the deep workings of organisms have discovered that all living things, from yeasts to worms to humans, are guided by similar genes and proteins, which have passed down nearly intact for hundreds of millions of years. At the most fundamental level, humans are genetically linked to every part of the natural world.
The award-winning science writer Jennifer Ackerman brings these astonishing discoveries together for the first time, weaving a mesmerizing story of heredity that is only now being understood.
Far more than a report from the field, CHANCE IN THE HOUSE OF FATE offers an encompassing vision of what these unities mean for our everyday lives. Ackerman's remarkable skills of description lend wonder and awe to the striking connections between our microcosmic makeup and the macrocosm of the visible world. Her voice is rich in imagery and poetry, vivid and deeply personal. Pregnant with her first child, she anxiously calculates the odds that her baby will inherit the gene that caused her younger sister's profound retardation. Illuminating the science of cell growth, she describes the heartbreaking cancer that claimed her mother's life. Carrying her daughter on her hip at the crack of dawn to observe the millennial orbit of a comet, she contemplates the universal circadian rhythms that measure the passing of time.
"This is the alchemy of art with solid science -- the real thing," said Edward Hoagland in praising Jennifer Ackerman's NOTES FROM THE SHORE. Her new book is a magnificent addition to both science and literature.
"Chance in the House of Fate is about the biggest biology story of the last ten years: the discovery of remarkable family resemblances that unite every living thing in the tree of life, at the level of our genes. It's a beautiful discovery that has accumulated bit by bit in thousands of laboratories all over the world. Jennifer Ackerman has risen to the occasion with a beautiful meditation on our likenesses, like a poet musing in the small hours after a family reunion." –Jonathan Weiner, author of The Beak of the Finch
"Chance in the House of Fate is a poet's embrace of the biological world, written with grace and intelligence, warmed by a personal story. I am reminded of Lewis Thomas and Annie Dillard, but most of all of Walt Whitman, Jennifer Ackerman sings a song of self in the widest possible sense, the unity of all life on our planet." –Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams and The Diagnosis
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