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Mutants On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

Into heredity This elegant humane and engaging book captures what we know of the development of what makes us human NatureVisit Armand Marie Leroi on the web http armandleroicomindexhtmlStepping effortlessly from myth to cutting edge scienc. The subject of this book cannot help but be interesting and it has enough real science to actually feel as though you re going in depth into the topic of genetic anomalies At a certain point though the voice slipped from that of a narrator leading the reader through interesting historical individuals and their accompanying genetics differences such as conjoined twins and gigantism into something akin to a curious scientist dabbling in anthropology By the end he s wondering whether despite the obvious and acknowledged social and culture dangers of investigating the genetics of race it would be worth satisfying our curiosity about it after all I found myself feeling vaguely uncomfortable at certain points his complete bafflement at the fact that a male pseudohermaphrodite would be attracted to women despite being raised as a girl would have been charming were it not so ignorant as to basic understandings of sexual attraction He talked about male pattern baldness and cures for it but never talked about female hirsutism except to mention that men don t find it attractive He discussed red hair in the context of how attractive redheaded women are His discussion of the history of the clitorus took place entirely out of the actual social context of the medical establishment s history of suppression and denial of women s sexuality I don t know if I was being overly sensitive or just dealing with yet another male author unaware of his sexist world view and lack of familiarity with modern ideas about sexuality and gender 2003 was not that long agoOverall an interesting and educational book but I don t really like the author very much

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Mutants gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed it a French convent girl who found herself changing sex at puberty; children who echoing Homer's Cyclops are born with a si. All my life I have groaned inside and sometimes outside whenever someone spoke about the miracle of giving birth How miraculous is it I would ask cynically and overly confident of my cleverness if flies and jellyfish do it In fact it s only one of the most basic functions living organisms perform along with eating and pooping After reading this book however and learning about so many things that can happen during gestation that will render the fetus unviable I am truly amazed first that organisms are born with such basic similarities to other members of their species and second that they are born at all I must admit that reproduction is indeed miraculous Don t get me wrong my horror at pregnancy has not lessened especially after reading about the coat of hair fetuses grow at five months and then shed a few weeks later And I thought defecating while trying to push the fetus out was horrifyingRead A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates of Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) our genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed it a French convent girl who found herself changing sex at puberty; children who echoing Homer's Cyclops are born with a si. All my life I have groaned inside and sometimes Zenith outside whenever someone spoke about the miracle A Pale Light in the Black of giving birth How miraculous is it I would ask cynically and Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves of my cleverness if flies and jellyfish do it In fact it s Spieserye only Feral one Krismis van Map Jacobs of the most basic functions living Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods organisms perform along with eating and pooping After reading this book however and learning about so many things that can happen during gestation that will render the fetus unviable I am truly amazed first that Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche organisms are born with such basic similarities to Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, other members Mensa Riddles Conundrums of their species and second that they are born at all I must admit that reproduction is indeed miraculous Don t get me wrong my horror at pregnancy has not lessened especially after reading about the coat Julie of the Wolves of hair fetuses grow at five months and then shed a few weeks later And I thought defecating while trying to push the fetus The Right Swipe out was horrifyingRead

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Ngle eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long lived Croatian dwarves; one family whose bodies were entirely covered with hair was kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations and gave Darwin one of his keenest insights. If you are interested in biology in general and genetics in particular this is a must read The science is explained with just enough detail to make it accessable to the average reader with a modest scietific background The premis of the book is that we are all mutants to one degree or another The relatively small percentage of genetic mutations that cause catastrophic deformities are the focus of the early part of the book At all times the author treats those who have genetic mutations and deformity with respect and there is no sensationalism that a book like this could have so easly degenerated into Much of the material deals with the less obvious mutations that give the human race its great variety


10 thoughts on “Mutants On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

  1. says:

    i've now read this book twice and all i can say is that leroi has a rare skill; he is able to present dense scientific fac

  2. says:

    It took a little while to get into this book What I thought would be the most interesting mutations like conjoined twins were actually the least which is perhaps why the author chose to put that chapter first Honestly the most compelling studies were of things that are not as obvious mutations like size skin color or aging The scientific jargon can get a little intense at times but it eases up as the book continues and is worth s

  3. says:

    All my life I have groaned inside and sometimes outside whenever someone spoke about the miracle of giving birth How miraculous is it I would ask cynically and overly confident of my cleverness if flies and jellyfish do it? In fact it's only one of the most basic functions living organisms perform along with eating and pooping After reading this book however and learning about so many things that can happen during gestation that will rend

  4. says:

    Trigger warningsThere are some things in here that aren't in your average book on genetics so I'm going to make a little list of things to wa

  5. says:

    Near the end of this book the author pulls out the uote per molto variare la natur e bella Nature's beauty is its variety and it could be a motto for the book itself Given that most of the book is about the human body developing dramatic abnormalities usually during development beauty is an odd word I found some

  6. says:

    If you are interested in biology in general and genetics in particular this is a must read The science is explained with just enough detail to make it accessable to the average reader with a modest scietific background The premis of the book is that we are all mutants to one degree or another The relatively small percentage of genetic mutations that cause catastrophic deformities are the focus of the early part of the book At al

  7. says:

    Okay this ended up being a long review Judging by the title I was afraid the contents were going to be wildly insensitive an

  8. says:

    The subject of this book cannot help but be interesting and it has enough real science to actually feel as though you're going in depth into the topic of genetic anomalies At a certain point though the voice slipped from that of a narrator leading the reader through interesting historical individuals and their accompanying genetics differences such as conjoined twins and gigantism into something akin to a curious scientist dabbling in anthr

  9. says:

    This has to be one of the most boring books I've read in a long timeI'm fascinated by mutations evolution DNA etc and even spent last semester cutting and making recombinant DNA but this book just bored me to tearsFor people just looking for a 'freakshow' or whatever look elsewhere this book is not full of pictu

  10. says:

    45 Extremely interesting look at mankind what is normal and what is not Chapters include embryos limbs skeletons growth gender skin and even aging eg mutations resulting in accelerated aging; uery whether issues related toresulting from aging a

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