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    The Misunderstood Gene (Hardback) By (author) Michel Morange, Translated by Matthew Cobb


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    DescriptionAt a time when the complete human genome has been sequenced and when seemingly every week feature news stories describe genes that may be responsible for personality, intelligence, even happiness, Michel Morange gives us a book that demystifies the power of modern genetics. This text takes us on an easily comprehensible tour of the most recent findings in molecular biology to show us how - and if - genes contribute to biological processes and complex human behaviors. As Morange explains, if molecular biologists had to designate one category of molecules as essential to life, it would be proteins and their multiple functions, not DNA and genes. Genes are the centerpiece of modern biology because they can be modified. But they are only the memory that life invented so that proteins could be efficiently reproduced. Morange shows us that there is far more richness and meaning in the structure and interactions of proteins than in all the theoretical speculations on the role of genes. The book makes it clear that we do not have to choose between rigid genetic determinism and fearful rejection of any specific role for genes in development or behaviour. Both are true, but at different levels of organization. Morange agrees with those who say "we are not in our genes." But he also wants us to understand that we are not without our genes, either. We are going to have to make do with them, and this book shows us how.

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    The Misunderstood Gene
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michel Morange, Translated by Matthew Cobb
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674003361
    ISBN 10: 0674003365

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
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    BIC subject category V2: PSAK
    DC21: 576.5
    BIC subject category V2: PSD
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    DC22: 572.86
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000, SCI049000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: PSAK, PSD, PDZ
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    Publication date
    25 June 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    Morange develops various important implications of the broader view of gene action, which he illustrates with concrete examples, mostly from human and mouse genetics...the book is well written and accurate.--Brian Charlesworth "Nature "