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Identically Different


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The astonishing new science that is changing everything we thought we knew about genes and identity.

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Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and Hon consultant Physician at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital. He set up the Twins UK register in 1993, the largest of its kind in the world, which he continues to direct. He has several academic awards and has published over 500 academic papers. He has appeared in several TV documentaries and is often consulted in British and international media on his team's cutting-edge research.


Spector will get you through many dinner parties. But, much more importantly, he will show how a certain kind of scientific fundamentalism collapsed under the burden of its inability to explain the world as it is - complex, flowing, changing - rather than as they would like it to be - simple and clear. Read him. -- Bryan Appleyard THE SUNDAY TIMES 20120617 A fascinating and provocative book...Spector is a talented story-teller, weaving real-life accounts of identical twins into each chapter...This is an informative and thought-provoking tour of some of the most exciting areas in biology right now. Spector concludes by inviting us to imagine a future in which we see our genes as malleable, rather than as masters of our biological destiny - just one part of the endlessly complex and fascinating story of what makes each of us unique. NEW SCIENTIST Identically Different is a fresh and though-provoking book on how the environment affects epigenetics. -- Dr Nessa Carey BBC FOCUS MAGAZINE Spector...pulls off the rare feat of being able to make genetic theory both intriguing and comprehensible to the ordinary reader. THE LADY In Identically Different, Tim Spector, a world-renowned authority on twins, introduces us in an entertaining, eloquent and expert way to the new (yet old) science of epigenetics: the study of how the environment can influence our genes and how those influences can be passed on to future generations. -- James Williams TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT A fascinating attempt to see us for what we are and to investigate what life is, and to show why a heady combination of hormones, chemicals, genes and instinct can make us what we are, and what we might be. GOOD BOOK GUIDE This book is a fascinating exploration of our current understanding of what makes us what we are: health, behavior, and personality. JOURNAL OF TWIN RESEARCH AND HUMAN GENETICS Tim Spector's book turns genetics on its head. Lucid, surprising and with a very human face. It brings epigenetics alive. it is a great read! Michael Mosley

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