The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease…

Paperback | October 1, 2013

byNessa Carey

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Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism's genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Surveying the twenty-year history of the field while also highlighting its latest findings and innovations, this volume provides a readily understandable introduction to the foundations of epigenetics.

Nessa Carey, a leading epigenetics researcher, connects the field's arguments to such diverse phenomena as how ants and queen bees control their colonies; why tortoiseshell cats are always female; why some plants need cold weather before they can flower; and how our bodies age and develop disease. Reaching beyond biology, epigenetics now informs work on drug addiction, the long-term effects of famine, and the physical and psychological consequences of childhood trauma. Carey concludes with a discussion of the future directions for this research and its ability to improve human health and well-being.

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Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism's genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Surveying the twenty-year history of t...

Nessa Carey is a visiting professor at Imperial College in London and currently works in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, where she has specialized in epigenetics for nearly a decade. She has strong relationships with leading epigenetics researchers, medical labs in Europe, and with some of the most prestigious institu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. An Ugly Toad and an Elegant Man2. How We Learned to Roll Uphill3. Life As We Knew It4. Life As We Know It Now5. Why Aren't Identical Twins Actually Identical?6. The Sins of the Fathers7. The Generations Game8. The Battle of the Sexes9. Generation X10. The Message Is Not the Medium11. Fighting the Enemy Within12. All in the Mind13. The Downhill Slope14. Long Live the Queen15. The Green Revolution16. The Ways AheadNotesGlossaryIndex

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