She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer

She Has Her Mother's Laugh

Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force set to shape our future even more radically.She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The ...

Details She Has Her Mother's Laugh

TitleShe Has Her Mother's Laugh
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Science, Biology, Genetics, Evolution

Reviews She Has Her Mother's Laugh

  • Dlmrose
  • Pam Mooney
    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong conclusions which may be forgivable for the time period but caused so much harm. There were certainly many ethical dilemmas that came in strong. Although it includes...
  • Mehrsa
    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research and the book isn't coherent enough to be memorable
  • Isaac Larkin
    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human being alive then is either every living person's direct ancestor, or no one's. Zimmer also does a good job of tackling the ways in which the study of inheritance has...
  • Nancy
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.Fascinating! I learned so much about heredity and now know there is so much more to it than Mendel's peas.