Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, is an award-winning scientist, physician, and New York Times bestselling author of the books Survival of the Sickest and How Sex Works. His research and writing blends medicine, genetics, history and biology, to explain how the human body works in new and fascinating ways. His internationally bestselling books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
"Inheritance is a wide-ranging and breezily written survey
of an immensely important field-the science of how we may "tweak"
our fixed genetic heritage to produce health and well-being. The
narrative moves quickly... It is especially thrilling for a
geneticist, of all people, to emphasize "it's not only what our
genes give us that's important, but also what we give to our
genes." --Scientific American
"Dr. Moalem is an eloquent guide through the astonishing new world of genetic discovery - with all its implications for both personal health and public policy. If you've wondered about the impact of genetics on your life- read this book!" --Kinney Zalesne, New York Times bestselling author of Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes
"Dr. Moalem tells fascinating stories so you will easily understand the complexities of modern genetic science." --Temple Grandin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures
"In INHERITANCE, Sharon Moalem peels away at the complex discussion of nature and nurture by looking at how unique cases inform the fundamental system of genes, environments, and experiences-teaching us how our dynamic identities come into being."
--Dan Ariely, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational
"Many people will enjoy reading this easy to read book on a very complex, real and highly personal subject. It will remove mysteries and create others. It will give the lay reader a sense of the rapidly growing understanding of this field. I highly recommend it to everyone." --Henri A. Termeer, Former CEO and President of Genzyme Corp.
"This book is a thought provoking and most enlightening journey into the very essence of who we are. Dr. Moalem's writing style is clear and uses great examples to help us appreciate our genetic selves. In INHERITANCE we have a new understanding that we are not at all destined to any particular future or outcome encoded within our DNA. Indeed, the whole notion that life's events, trivial and non-trivial, shape who we are has profound consequences for how we live and, in fields like biotechnology, how this learning can help us better to diagnose, treat and cure- and to extend and enhance human life." --John F. Crowley, Chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, and author of Chasing Miracles: The Crowley Family Journey of Strength, Hope and Joy
"We have long thought that the genetic code we were born with was the genetic code we were stuck with. No longer. Dr. Moalem explains how the genetics that determine whether we get sick or stay healthy can change during the course of our lifetime, and we how can exert some control over these changes. In this exceedingly engaging and highly informative book, Dr. Moalem uses engrossing stories to make complicated genetics easily comprehensible to people without backgrounds in the biological sciences. Reading this book could literally affect generations to come." --J. Russell Teagarden, PhD. Senior Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, National Organization For Rare Disorders (NORD)