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In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA

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The mystery of inheritance has captivated thinkers since antiquity, and the unlocking of this mystery--the development of classical genetics--is one of humanity's greatest achievements. This great scientific and human drama is the story told fully and for the first time in this book.

Acclaimed science writer James Schwartz presents the history of genetics through the eyes o
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Hardcover, 370 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Harvard University Press
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Tony
Aug 16, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it
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Schwartz, James. IN PURSUIT OF THE GENE: From Darwin to DNA. (2008). ****. I have to admit that most of this history of genetics left me outside of the door in the cold. The author did a remarkable job in delineating the accomplishments in this field of science from Darwin on, but the job he did left me confused most of the way. He was insistent on the primacy of Mendel, but the unfortunate facts were that Mendel was ignored or glossed over during his lifetime. His ground-breaking paper on trait ...more
Amanda
Jul 16, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
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Read this with my fellow grad students for our summer "beers and books" reading group, and it was quite enjoyable. Schwartz does a good job balancing fairly in depth description of the history of experiments in the budding field of genetics with amusing biographical sketches of the great scientific minds who did the work. Even having read a fair bit of history of science surrounding this period of time, I learned new things. It certainly made me want to read a biography of Muller, who it turns ...more
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Mar 07, 2008 Alex rated it liked it
i'm hoping erika notices i am reading a biology book. she will be shocked to learn i am actually reviewing it for a major national newspaper. i should probably not be allowed to do this, being a biology moron...
Bryan Richard
A very interesting book on genetics. In school biology was a fav class. This book also talks about eugenics, creating the perfect person. Enjoyed it very much.
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