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Mutants by Armand Marie Leroi
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Oct 30, 07

bookshelves: conjoined-twins, revealing-my-inner-nerd
Read in October, 2007

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 slogging through. The author treats the subject manner with true humanity - managing to really present cases and histories without seeming exploitative, and explaining not only the what, but truly the why.

I can't explain it, but somewhere along the way this book completely hooked and invaded my mind. It changed the way that I looked and thought about things around me. I'm not sure if there's a tangible explanation. This book is just elegant. It makes you realize the beauty and delicacy of the human genome.
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