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Nessa Carey has a PhD in virology from the University of Edinburgh and has worked in the biotech industry for nearly ten years.
'A book that would have had Darwin swooning - anyone seriously interested in who we are and how we function should read this book' Guardian
Why doesn't DNA completely determine our destiny? The answer may lie in the new biological frontier of epigenetics-the "changes to our genetic material that change the way genes are switched on or off, but which don't alter the genes themselves." Recent research has revealed how these changes occur-or, as former genetics professor and biotech/pharmaceutical industry veteran Carey explains: "We are finally starting to unravel the missing link between nature and nurture; how our environment talks to us and alters us, sometimes forever." She takes readers inside the genome, showing how epigenetic phenomena occur at the molecular level and what that means for the entire organism, be it worm, mouse, or human. Early chapters introduce key concepts in epigenetics, while subsequent chapters highlight major findings in epigenetic research and the role of epigenetic phenomena in cancer, mental illness, and aging. VERDICT Throughout, Carey's clear prose, well-chosen analogies, and simple, clear diagrams help the scientifically literate lay reader understand complicated concepts and processes. This book provides an excellent introduction to a fascinating new field that may revolutionize our understanding of human health and disease. Highly recommended.-Janet A. Crum, City of Hope, Duarte, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.