Sandra's Reviews > Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
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Jan 04, 12

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Read from December 29, 2011 to January 03, 2012

This is really a terrific book covering developmental biology and evolution for the lay person. Quoting the Financial Times blurb: ". . . If you want to understand the evolutionary history of man and other animals, and read no other account this year, read this splendid monograph."

What I found of particular interest is how the structural elements of the body develop in response to genes, and that these genes are the same genes in each of the species. For instance the mouse gene responsible for development of a limb, if inserted in a frog embryo will stimulate development of an (extra) frog limb. Brilliant!
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message 1: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I can hardly wait to see your review of this one. Could be fascinating or a cure for insomnia.


message 2: by Betsy (new) - added it

Betsy Sounds fascinating. Added to my Maybe shelf.


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