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Author Kean, Sam.

Title The violinist's thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code / Sam Kean.

Imprint New York : Little, Brown, 2012.

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Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    572.8 KEA    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    572.8 KEA    Available
 PAS Lamanda Park Branch Non-Fiction    572.8 KEA    Available
 PAS San Rafael Branch Non-Fiction    572.8 KEA    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description ix, 401 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-389) and index.
Summary "In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Genetics -- Miscellanea.
Human genetics -- Miscellanea.
ISBN 9780316182317 (hardback)
0316182311 (hardback)

 
    
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