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Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
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Ignorant about genetics & evolution reading this book was an amazing experience, simplistic writing may help anyone grasp most bits of the content from book. I was intrigued to read this book after somebody referred to me, because after having lived in two different countries and different cultures I keenly observed the contribution of environmental or societal factors leading to change in the evolution of the individual in that particular area, the book confirms me I was right about it, its the epigenetic factors i.e. methyl markers turn on or off some genetic traits in the DNA that makes people or societies different.
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Reading Progress

September 15, 2014 – Shelved
September 15, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
October 17, 2014 – Started Reading
October 17, 2014 –
page 22
7.24%
October 17, 2014 –
page 30
9.87%
October 22, 2014 –
page 40
13.16%
October 29, 2014 –
page 54
17.76%
November 7, 2014 –
page 65
21.38%
November 17, 2014 –
page 96
31.58%
November 18, 2014 –
page 103
33.88%
November 19, 2014 –
page 110
36.18%
November 24, 2014 –
page 114
37.5%
November 26, 2014 –
page 126
41.45%
November 28, 2014 –
page 133
43.75%
November 30, 2014 –
page 139
45.72% "surprising to know that how viruses, bacteria or other microbes takes control of the host body inorder to spread and in many cases affecting the host to leave it healthy to spread even more like Cold! and even more surprising to know how cholera can survive for a decade without the host, outside transmission channel"
December 2, 2014 –
page 148
48.68% "one species’ advantage may be another species’ disadvantage—an adaptation that allows a bacterium that harms humans to resist antibiotics is an advantage for the bacteria; for us, not so much.) According to this way of thinking, the genome of every creature, great and small, lacks any ability to react intentionally on a genetic level to environmental changes that threaten its ability to survive and reproduce."
December 3, 2014 –
page 154
50.66% "transposons - jumping genes, turns on - off a trait under internal or environmental pressure."
December 4, 2014 –
page 158
51.97%
December 8, 2014 –
page 163
53.62% "Their first surprise was that a large portion of our non-coding DNA is made up of jumping genes—as much as half of it. But the bigger surprise was this— those jumping genes look an awful lot like a very special type of virus. You heard that right—a huge percentage of human DNA is related to viruses.\n \n Another interesting point to learn is Viruses are not alive."
December 10, 2014 –
page 165
54.28%
December 10, 2014 –
page 172
56.58%
December 12, 2014 –
page 176
57.89% "Epigenetics is concerned with the study of how children can inherit and express seemingly new traits from their parents without changes in the underlying DNA. In other words, the instructions are the same, but something else overrides them nutritional supplementation to the mother can permanently alter gene expression in her o spring without altering the genes themselves. This is called DNA Methylation"
December 13, 2014 –
page 182
59.87%
December 14, 2014 –
page 197
64.8%
December 14, 2014 –
page 203
66.78%
December 15, 2014 –
page 205
67.43% "THE PROSPECT OF programmed aging opens up the door to all kinds of exciting possibilities.\n \n Cells in aging humans are programmed to break down in a similar fashion to progeria cells. And scientists have been able to reverse those breakdowns in the lab."
December 16, 2014 – Finished Reading

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