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The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code review µ 3 La specie umana è stata sul punto di estinguersi Può la genetica spiegare l'a ossessivo di certe persone per i gatti Perché nascono individui privi di impronte digitali e bambini con la coda Che cosa possono dirci i geni sulla morte prematura del faraone Tutankhamon o sulla vicenda di Tsutomu Yamaguchi il giapponese sopravvissuto a due esplosioni nucleari uale combinazione genetica creò le dita straordinariamente flessibili di Paganini Con la consueta brillantezza e il peculiare gusto per l'aneddoto scientifico Kea. What I learned from reading Sam Kean s The Violinist s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code Little Brown and Company 2012I should never eat polar bear liver unless I want my skin to peel off from foot to headMy cats presence soothes me because the Toxoplasma gondii parasites they carry manufacture dopamine which has a feel good effect on the human brainWhales and dolphins have hair what Kean calls a comb over A Russian scientist Il ya Ivanovich Ivanov recruited women to copulate with an orangutan named Tarzan The scientist hoped to create a humanzee Doctors enjoy diagnosing fictional characters Ebenezer Scrooge with OCD Sherlock Holmes with autism and Darth Vader with borderline personality disorder 271Fruit fly genes are cleverly and creatively named Examples include groucho smurf fear of intimacy lost in space smellblind faint sausage tribble after the multiplying fuzzballs on Star Trek and tiggywinkle after Mrs Tiggy winkle a character from Beatrix Potter The armadillo gene when mutated gives fruit flies a plated exoskeleton The turnip gene makes flies stupid Tudor leaves males as with Henry VIII childless Cleopatra can kill flies when it interacts with another gene asp Cheap date leaves flies exceptionally tipsy after a sip of alcohol Fruit fly sex especially seems to inspire clever names Ken and Barbie mutants have no genetalia Male coitus interruptus mutants spend just ten minutes having sex the norm is twenty while stuck mutants cannot physically disengage after coitus As for females dissatistfaction mutants never have sex at all they spend all their energy shooing suitors away by snapping their wings And thankfully this whimsy with names has inspired the occasional zinger in other areas of genetics A gene that gives mammals extra nipples earned the name scaramanga after the James Bond villain with too many A gene that removes blood cells from circulation in fish became the tasteful vlad tepes after Vlad the Impaler the historical inspiration for Dracula The backronym for the POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic gene in mice pokemon nearly provoked a lawsuit since the pokemon gene now known sigh as zbtb7 contributes to the spread of cancer and the lawyers for the Pok mon media empire didn t want their cute little pocket monsters confused with tumors 50 51I uote extensively here to demonstrate the humor that might not be expected in a book on scientific history When I taught at an engineering university students freuently informed me that engineers weren t supposed to be creative Kean certainly refutes that belief so far as genetic engineers and researchers are concerned After reading a number of other popular sciencepsychology books this summer I found myself appreciating Kean s organization The content of each chapter seemed necessary and I appreciated the coherence of his arrangement of anecdotes I only occasionally had trouble following passages the one on genetic algorithms for example Usually I felt very focused and never thought Oh no it s another random case study a common enough reaction when I m wending my way through best selling works of nonfiction I recommend this book to my creative writing peers both poets and fiction writers as I think they will find Kean s approach to be both informative and inspirational The Soul Thief reading Sam Kean s The Violinist s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code Little Brown and Company 2012I should never eat polar bear liver unless I want my skin to peel off from foot to headMy cats presence soothes me because the Toxoplasma gondii parasites they carry manufacture dopamine which has a feel good effect on the human brainWhales and dolphins have hair what Kean calls a comb over A Russian scientist Il ya Ivanovich Ivanov Niko Love Me Harder #2 researchers are concerned After The Soul Thief reading a number of other popular sciencepsychology books this summer I found myself appreciating Kean s organization The content of each chapter seemed necessary and I appreciated the coherence of his arrangement of anecdotes I only occasionally had trouble following passages the one on genetic algorithms for example Usually I felt very focused and never thought Oh no it s another Exploring Microsoft Office 2016 Volume 1; MyLab IT with Pearson eText--Access Card--for Exploring Microsoft Office 2016 random case study a common enough Morning in America How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980's Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America reaction when I m wending my way through best selling works of nonfiction I POV recommend this book to my creative writing peers both poets and fiction writers as I think they will find Kean s approach to be both informative and inspirational

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The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code review µ 3 N esplora ueste e altre uestioni e ci mostra come da ualche parte nel groviglio di filamenti della doppia elica si trovino le risposte a molti misteri sugli esseri umani La decifrazione del codice genetico non è stata facile ma grazie a essa gli scienziati sono ora in grado di leggere le storie stupefacenti e vecchie di migliaia o a volte milioni di anni scritte nel nostro dna Come un antico oracolo che non ha ancora smesso di parlare il dna sa raccontarci le grandi saghe delle origini e dell'evoluzione della nostra s. In Kean s follow up to The Disappearing Spoon he keeps the same breezy form but switches his subject from chemistry to genetics While we get science history and anecdotal stories than pure science we still learn much about how our genome works Kean writes for the general reader Using his tongue in cheek style he delivers short vignettes of scientists and famous people with genetic peculiaritiesThe book begins with Darwin and Mendel and follows their ideas up through double helix discoverers Watson and Crick I had read about these men s accomplishments but little of what had happened in between So I found particularly interesting descriptions of the scientists whose incremental advances set the stage for the discovery of DNA s structure and function Much of the book is tangential For example we learn how DNA protects polar bears from overdosing on vitamin A from their diet of vitamin A rich seal meat The vitamin A is stored in their liver Kean gives us an account of arctic explorers who nearly died eating it Even further afield he highlights the protozoan parasite Toxo which makes cysts in people s brains It can influence their emotions and even induce a love of cats He tells us about an infected couple who took in hundreds of catsKean also digs into the seedier side of genetics He brings up Ilya Ianovich Ivanov who convinced the Bolshevik regime in Russia that he could create humanzees Perhaps Stalin envisioned slave humanzee armies Fortunately his grisly experiments failed We learn how DNA allows creatures like ligers and zonkeys but not humanzees However most of us carry some Neanderthal DNAThere is much less diversity in the human genome than in most other species Kean attributes this to population bottlenecks many thousands of years ago when our numbers were greatly reduced and our survival as a species was tenuous Small populations lead understandably to inbreeding and genetic similarity but also to faster evolution It is much easier for a new trait to sweep through a small populationGenetics is a factor in many special abilities and talents Regarding intelligence not much seems certain There are too many forces at play Kean highlights how genetic based physical oddities did contribute to two great musicians Rachmaninoff because of his huge hands wrote music only he could play with ease The great nineteenth century violinist Paganini had hands uniuely flexible and strong due to a genetic condition that affected the way his body made collagen Kean describes the competition of the 1990 s to seuence the human genome The amazing speed with which this was accomplished was due to brute force methods that leave us with a lot of data we are just beginning to understand Adding to the complexity of the genome is epigenetics the ramping up or down of gene expression through cellular princesses driven largely by non coding DNA Epigenetic factors influenced by the environment may even in some circumstances affect offspring Lastly Kean looks at the future DNA modification can have huge benefits but may just open Pandora s Box Niko Love Me Harder #2 read about these men s accomplishments but little of what had happened in between So I found particularly interesting descriptions of the scientists whose incremental advances set the stage for the discovery of DNA s structure and function Much of the book is tangential For example we learn how DNA protects polar bears from overdosing on vitamin A from their diet of vitamin A The Soul Thief rich seal meat The vitamin A is stored in their liver Kean gives us an account of arctic explorers who nearly died eating it Even further afield he highlights the protozoan parasite Toxo which makes cysts in people s brains It can influence their emotions and even induce a love of cats He tells us about an infected couple who took in hundreds of catsKean also digs into the seedier side of genetics He brings up Ilya Ianovich Ivanov who convinced the Bolshevik Exploring Microsoft Office 2016 Volume 1; MyLab IT with Pearson eText--Access Card--for Exploring Microsoft Office 2016 regime in Russia that he could create humanzees Perhaps Stalin envisioned slave humanzee armies Fortunately his grisly experiments failed We learn how DNA allows creatures like ligers and zonkeys but not humanzees However most of us carry some Neanderthal DNAThere is much less diversity in the human genome than in most other species Kean attributes this to population bottlenecks many thousands of years ago when our numbers were greatly Morning in America How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980's Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America reduced and our survival as a species was tenuous Small populations lead understandably to inbreeding and genetic similarity but also to faster evolution It is much easier for a new trait to sweep through a small populationGenetics is a factor in many special abilities and talents Regarding intelligence not much seems certain There are too many forces at play Kean highlights how genetic based physical oddities did contribute to two great musicians Rachmaninoff because of his huge hands wrote music only he could play with ease The great nineteenth century violinist Paganini had hands uniuely flexible and strong due to a genetic condition that affected the way his body made collagen Kean describes the competition of the 1990 s to seuence the human genome The amazing speed with which this was accomplished was due to brute force methods that leave us with a lot of data we are just beginning to understand Adding to the complexity of the genome is epigenetics the POV ramping up or down of gene expression through cellular princesses driven largely by non coding DNA Epigenetic factors influenced by the environment may even in some circumstances affect offspring Lastly Kean looks at the future DNA modification can have huge benefits but may just open Pandora s Box

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The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code review µ 3 Pecie la più dominante che il nostro pianeta abbia conosciuto e insieme le semplici storie individuali dimostrando l'impatto decisivo che l'eredità genetica ha sul destino di ciascuno di noi Ma non si pensi che il seuenziamento del genoma umano rappresenti un punto d'arrivo Le nuove frontiere dell'ingegneria genetica aprono prospettive che ci affascinano e al tempo stesso ci terrorizzano specie uando lasciano intravedere la possibilità di «modificare la nostra stessa essenza chimica e di inventare da capo la vita». Genes are at the heart of this book and the author just happens to have parents named Gene and Jean last name Kean so this topic is in his well you get it Sam Kean is one of my favorite authors deftly explaining scientific concepts in the context of the fascinating figures who first brought them to our attention The stories are full of the humor and foibles of real life and that realistic treatment brings the people and situations to life all the convincingly Kean has a remarkable knack for finding fun anecdotes and interesting connections that reinforce concepts throughout his books His enthusiasm is infectuous and bleeds out in the form of humor copious end notes additional notes and illustrations on his website and in the case of this book a hidden acrostic message encoded in the Chapters Paragraphs I ve already spent a couple hours trying to decode it and am likely over thinking it but figured I should write this review first or who knows how long I ll be working this outThe Violinist s Thumb is about the history of genes and DNA how we came to uestion the nature of inheritance our first inklings of the structures involved dalliances with fruit flies seuencing genomes encoding proteins suffering mutations puzzling over freaks and chimeras swapping DNA with Neanderthals detecting virus intrustions all the way up to our current improved yet incomplete understanding of what makes us us As of 2012 anyhow Having completed all four of Kean s books I dub this the most challenging The subject matter itself is incredibly dense metaphorically as well as literally six feet of DNA is crammed into every one of our cells and the DNA from one body could travel from the sun to Pluto and almost return Kean has to describe with words a lot of things that are hard to understand even with pictures and there are a lot of moving parts one again literally and competing concurrent processes to consider when thinking about the complex actions of DNA RNA proteins mutations nutrients and drugs bacteria viruses and epigenetic factors There are many passages I had to read multiple times just to understand well enough to procede if you ve had formal training in genetics this will likely come much easier to youCharacters familiar and unfamiliar are represented We of course learn a lot about Mendel and Darwin but also about Friedrich Miescher and his efforts in a cold castle kitchen to extract dna from salmon sperm never knowing exactly what he had accomplished Thomas Hunt Morgan and the scientists in his lab bred gazillions of fruit flies in work that led to multiple Nobel Prizes but Morgan he often took credit for ideas and never paid an essential contributor he didn t pay the fruit flies either Watson and Crick are here but so is Sister Miriam Michael Stimson a nun who made their discovery possible we also learn of the clergical error that led to her getting the name Michael and that she contributed to the invention of Preparation H Lynn Margulis s brilliant insight into endosymbionts is represented as well as her other bold unsubstantiated ideas Barbra McClintock s skill with a microscope and identification of jumping genes is told in the light of the scientific scrutiny that drove her into seclusion but later drew her back out as a science celebrity We jump through history and learn of northern explorers dying and nearly dying at the razored hands and nutrient rich livers of polar bears hint you can over do it with Vitamin A Royal bloodlines and figures like Akhenaten Tutankhamun Henri Tolouse Lautrec Alexei Nikolaevich and the Hapsburgs teach us lessons about deleterious alleles Soviet biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov worked hard to breed humans and chimpanzees and it might have worked if it weren t for those meddling political ideologies The titular violinist is Niccolo Paganini whose genetic condition gave him extraordinarily flexible and strong hands but also led to his miserable bodily decline with the help of mercury poisoningAll of these fascinating stories and many combined with artful scientific explanations do a fantastic job of fleshing out one s understanding of genes DNA and the science of what it takes to build a body A highly recommended read


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    The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code) [Pdf/E–book] ì Sam Kean free download Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Sam Kean Sam Kean ↠ 3 read & download The author's parents were named Gene and Jean That's right Gene and Jean Kean What else could their son do but write a book about genetics? And a fun book it is with some fascinating stories There is enough DNA in a human body to stretch from Pluto to the sun and back There's enough DNA on earth to stretch across the known

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  • The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code
  • Sam Kean
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  • 08 July 2019
  • 9788845930607