Megan's Reviews > The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean
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Sep 26, 2012

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bookshelves: non-fiction, science
Read from September 13 to 25, 2012 , read count: 1

This was marketed as a fascinating reveal of how genes affect things like JFK's skin tone and other fascinating human interest type stories. There are plenty of interesting anecdotes and individuals who make an appearance; however, it actually leans much further in the direction of an actual science book than the back flap would lead you to believe. The real focus in this book is the history of genetics and the scientists who worked to solve the mysteries of DNA and chromosomes. This is not something to be criticized, because it's written well, and goes very explicitly into the science aspect at the level of cells and molecules and their effect on inheritance and evolution and is generally clear and told with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor; I would save any criticism for the marketing and titling of the book.

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