The Violinist's Thumb
and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code
The near death of Darwin : why did geneticists try to kill natural selection?
Them's the DNA breaks : how does nature read - and misread - DNA?
The musical scores of DNA : what kinds of information does DNA store?
DNA vindication : why did life evolve so slowly - then explode in complexity?
The survivors, the livers : what's our most ancient and important DNA?
The Machiavelli microbe : how much human DNA is actually human?
Love and atavisms : what genes make mammals mammals?
Humanzees and other near misses : when did humans break away from monkeys, and why?
Scarlet A's, C's, G's, and T's : why did humans almost go extinct?
Size matters : how did humans get such grotesquely large brains?
The art of the gene : how deep in our DNA is artistic genius?
The past is prologue - sometimes : what can (and can't) genes teach us about historical heroes?
Three billion little pieces : why don't humans have more genes than other species?
Easy come, easy go? : how come identical twins aren't identical?
Life as we do (and don't know it : what the heck will happen now?
Epilogue : genomics gets personal
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes can explain a lot, including JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius.
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