Leaving Enchantment (The Birth Place oI recommend this book to anybody who would like to get a fascinatingverview Protecting Plain Jane / Navy SEAL Security (Includes: The Precinct: SWAT of genetics and its history Genes are at the heartf this book and the author just happens to have parents named Gene and Jean last name Kean so this topic is in his well you get it Sam Kean is Not Another Wedding onef my favorite authors deftly explaining scientific concepts in the context About Last Night of the fascinating figures who first brought them tour attention The stories are full Deadly Reunion of the humor and foiblesf real life and that realistic treatment brings the people and situations to life all the convincingly Kean has a remarkable knack for finding fun anecdotes and interesting connections that reinforce concepts throughout his books His enthusiasm is infectuous and bleeds North Country Hero North Country Family out in the formf humor copious end notes additional notes and illustrations Wilderness on his website and in the casef this book a hidden acrostic message encoded in the Chapters Paragraphs I ve already spent a couple hours trying to decode it and am likely Brannigans Baby over thinking it but figured I should write this review firstr who knows how long I ll be working this Badlands (Aftershock, outThe Violinist s Thumb is about the historyf genes and DNA how we came to uestion the nature These Ghosts Are Family of inheritanceur first inklings Plain Sanctuary of the structures involved dalliances with fruit flies seuencing genomes encoding proteins suffering mutations puzzlingver freaks and chimeras swapping DNA with Neanderthals detecting virus intrustions all the way up to ur current improved yet incomplete understanding f what makes us us As Il tempo e le ore. Scrivo e cancello. Ediz. illustrata. Con gadget of 2012 anyhow Having completed all fourf Kean s books I dub this the most challenging The subject matter itself is incredibly dense metaphorically as well as literally six feet f DNA is crammed into every ne Breakaway (Hideaway Legacy ofur cells and the DNA from Bushfire Bride one body could travel from the sun to Pluto and almost return Kean has to describe with words a lotf things that are hard to understand even with pictures and there are a lot Saving His Little Miracle of moving partsne again literally and competing concurrent processes to consider when thinking about the complex actions Drop Dead Gorgeous of DNA RNA proteins mutations nutrients and drugs bacteria viruses and epigenetic factors There are many passages I had to read multiple times just to understand well enough to procede if you ve had formal training in genetics this will likely come much easier to youCharacters familiar and unfamiliar are represented Wef course learn a lot about Mendel and Darwin but also about Friedrich Miescher and his efforts in a cold castle kitchen to extract dna from salmon sperm never knowing exactly what he had accomplished Thomas Hunt Morgan and the scientists in his lab bred gazillions Silk, Swords and Surrender of fruit flies in work that led to multiple Nobel Prizes but Morgan heften took credit for ideas and never paid an essential contributor he didn t pay the fruit flies either Watson and Crick are here but so is Sister Miriam Michael Stimson a nun who made their discovery possible we also learn Reforming the Rake of the clergical error that led to her getting the name Michael and that she contributed to the inventionf Preparation H Lynn Margulis s brilliant insight into endosymbionts is represented as well as her New Years Kisses other bold unsubstantiated ideas Barbra McClintock s skill with a microscope and identificationf jumping genes is told in the light The Spanish Billionaires Mistress (Latin Lovers, of the scientific scrutiny that drove her into seclusion but later drew her backut as a science celebrity We jump through history and learn No One Needs to Know (Made in Montana, of northern explorers dying and nearly dying at the razored hands and nutrient rich liversf polar bears hint you can Man Behind the Facade over do it with Vitamin A Royal bloodlines and figures like Akhenaten Tutankhamun Henri Tolouse Lautrec Alexei Nikolaevich and the Hapsburgs teach us lessons about deleterious alleles Soviet biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov worked hard to breed humans and chimpanzees and it might have worked if it weren t for those meddling political ideologies The titular violinist is Niccolo Paganini whose genetic condition gave him extraordinarily flexible and strong hands but also led to his miserable bodily decline with the helpf mercury poisoningAll Captive in the Millionaires Castle of these fascinating stories and many combined with artful scientific explanations do a fantastic jobf fleshing Empire, War Cricket in South Africa: Logan of Matjiesfontein outne s understanding The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding of genes DNA and the sciencef what it takes to build a body A highly recommended read This got Must Like Kids off to a bad start for me whenn page 33 Kean euated Darwinian natural selection and survival Rugrats And Rawhide of the fittest Herbert Spencer andor social Darwinism were never mentioned Then in an incendiary chaptern cats and toxoplasmosis toxo he never explains that a cat who has lived indoors all its life cannot carrytransmit the disease Then what else The tone What I learned from reading
Sam Kean S The Violinist S Thumb Kean s The Violinist s Thumb Other Lost Tales Crven Ban of Love War and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code Little Brown and Company 2012I should never eat polar bear liver unless I want my skin to peelff from foot to headMy cats presence soothes me because the Toxoplasma gondii parasites they carry manufacture dopamine which has a feel good effect Bride of Shadow Canyon (Bride, on the human brainWhales and dolphins have hair what Kean calls a combver A Russian scientist Il ya Ivanovich Ivanov recruited women to copulate with an rangutan named Tarzan The scientist hoped to create a humanzee Doctors enjoy diagnosing fictional characters Ebenezer Scrooge with OCD Sherlock Holmes create a humanzee Doctors enjoy diagnosing fictional characters Ebenezer Scrooge with OCD Sherlock Holmes autism and Darth Vader with borderline personality disorder 271Fruit fly genes are cleverly and creatively named Examples include groucho smurf fear f intimacy lost in space smellblind faint sausage tribble after the multiplying fuzzballs A Sweetheart for Jude Fortune (The Fortunes of Texas: Welcome to Horseback Hollow on Star Trek and tiggywinkle after Mrs Tiggy winkle a character from Beatrix Potter The armadillo gene when mutated gives fruit flies a plated exoskeleton The turnip gene makes flies stupid Tudor leaves males as with Henry VIII childless Cleopatra can kill flies when it interacts with another gene asp Cheap date leaves flies exceptionally tipsy after a sipf alcohol Fruit fly sex especially seems to inspire clever names Ken and Barbie mutants have no genetalia Male coitus interruptus mutants spend just ten minutes having sex the norm is twenty while stuck mutants cannot physically disengage after coitus As for females dissatistfaction mutants never have sex at all they spend all their energy shooing suitors away by snapping their wings And thankfully this whimsy with names has inspired the The Tiny Journalist occasional zinger inther areas Cardinal Sins (Born to Darkness, of genetics A gene that gives mammals extra nipples earned the name scaramanga after the James Bond villain with too many A gene that removes blood cells from circulation in fish became the tasteful vlad tepes after Vlad the Impaler the historical inspiration for Dracula The backronym for the POK erythroid myeloidntogenic gene in mice pokemon nearly provoked a lawsuit since the pokemon gene now known sigh as zbtb7 contributes to the spread Commitment of cancer and the lawyers for the Pok mon media empire didn t want their cute little pocket monsters confused with tumors 50 51I uote extensively here to demonstrate the humor that might not be expected in a bookn scientific history When I taught at an engineering university students freuently informed me that engineers weren t supposed to be at an engineering university students freuently informed me that engineers weren t supposed to be Kean certainly refutes that belief so far as genetic engineers and researchers are concerned After reading a number Claiming The Forbidden Bride (Regency Silk Scandal, ofther popular sciencepsychology books this summer I found myself appreciating Kean s Modern Box Set 5-8/Carrying the Sheikhs Baby/Awakening His Innocent Cinderella/The Tycoons Shock Heir/One Night with the Forbidden Princes organization The contentf each chapter seemed necessary and I appreciated the coherence The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The Kings Elite of his arrangementf anecdotes I Alessandros Prize onlyccasionally had trouble following passages the Arsons Captive onen genetic algorithms for example Usually I felt very focused and never thought. N esplora ueste e altre uestioni e ci mostra come da ualche parte nel groviglio di filamenti della doppia elica si trovino le risposte a molti misteri sugli esseri umani La decifrazione del codice genetico non è stata facile ma grazie a essa gli scienziati sono The Officer And The Renegade ora in grado di leggere le storie stupefacenti e vecchie di migliaia a volte milioni di anni scritte nel nostro dna Come un antico The Guardian oracolo che non ha ancora smesso di parlare il dna sa raccontarci le grandi saghe dellerigini e dell'evoluzione della nostra If Sam Kean had a bandwagon I d be Turning the Good Girl Bad on it If he were stock I d buy him If he were ice cream I d shove him into a waffle cone andokay well now things are just getting weird I ve waxed poetic about my lovef Kean before and this is another delightful Kean production though perhaps not uite as wonderful as MECANIQUE - 1ER PARTIE 2E PARTIE - 2 TOMES - 1ER PARTIE : CINEMATIQUE STATIQUE DYNAMIQUE - 2E PARTIE : RESISTANCES PASSIVES STATIQUE GRAPHIQUE RESISTANCE DES MATERIAUX CINEMATIQUE APPLIQUEE - EDITION CORRIGEE ET REIMPOSEE. others particularly Caesar s Last Breath which I think is his best work to dateGenerally speaking Kean s books link a stringf enlightening and Ravished by Desire often entertaining anecdotes together under a common theme a formula The Violinist s Thumb continues Here however the anecdotes feel a bit less tightly connected It s like a bunchf three year A Call To Joy olds playing Pin the Tailn the Donkey at a birthday party Like the sight Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai of drunken midgets blindly wobbling toward a wall and trying to Velcro a superfluous appendage to a mule s ass it s highly entertaining and somef it hits the mark perfectly At The Australians Convenient Bride/The Millionaires Marriage Claim other times however the tail ends upn the nose The Bridesmaids Proposal or maybe in the casef the little funny kid who can t pronounce R s and always forgets which end Delaceys Angel (Regency Series, of the spoon to hold attached to the backf grandma s homemade sweater Still it s well worth a read particularly for Kean s nuanced discussion Miss Prims Greek Island Fling of the controversial implicationsf genetics research n race sexuality and ther hot button topics His deft handling Relentless (In Too Deep of measuring the potential benefitsf such research against the need to be cautious in how and how uickly we interpret such results is a masterclass in compassionate rationalism and makes a compelling case for Kean to be appointed Secretary Midnight Touch (Harlequin Blaze of Science StuffWait that s not a thing Is it just becauseur current president thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax Cracking the Coding Interview or is it just normally not a thing It s normally not a thing Well that s stupid When I m president it will be a thing And I will appoint Sam Kean as the Secretaryf Science Stuff Also I will reverse the current administration s stance that science like pro gay cakes and facts are Hidden Potential only for snowflake libtards and I will insist that we actually use it as a basis for things like I don t know environmental policy Okay I mff the soapboxFeel free to join me n the bandwagon folks There s plenty f room In Kean s follow up to The Disappearing Spoon he keeps the same breezy form but switches his subject from chemistry to genetics While we get science history and anecdotal stories than pure science we still learn much about how Contract Law Directions our genome works Kean writes for the general reader Using his tongue in cheek style he delivers short vignettesf scientists and famous people with genetic peculiaritiesThe book begins with Darwin and Mendel and follows their ideas up through double helix discoverers Watson and Crick I had read about these men s accomplishments but little Votre cerveau est dfinitivement extraordinaire ! - 50 nouvelles astuces de mentaliste qui vont vous changer la vie of what had happened in between So I found particularly interesting descriptionsf the scientists whose incremental advances set the stage for the discovery Remarkables of DNA s structure and function Muchf the book is tangential For example we learn how DNA protects polar bears from Citizen Outlaw overdosingn vitamin A from their diet A Pimps Life of vitamin A rich seal meat The vitamin A is stored in their liver Kean gives us an accountf arctic explorers who nearly died eating it Even further afield he highlights the protozoan parasite Toxo which makes cysts in people s brains It can influence their emotions and even induce a love Gigolos Get Lonely Too of cats He tells us about an infected couple who took in hundredsf catsKean also digs into the seedier side A Winter Wonderland (A Lucy Stone Mystery, of genetics He brings up Ilya Ianovich Ivanov who convinced the Bolshevik regime in Russia that he could create humanzees Perhaps Stalin envisioned slave humanzee armies Fortunately his grisly experiments failed We learn how DNA This book was really good and I can t believe how long it took me to finish it But even though it is written in a way that makes it easy and engaging for anyone I found that I had to take lotsf time to absorb it I d leave it for days at a time and then not get very far But it wasn t due to being boring Temptation (The Hunted or dry Sam Kean is an engaging story teller and he made a complicated work very accessible I m going to be honest and tell you the entire reason I picked up The Violinist s Thumb by Sam Kean is not because I m interested in biologyr DNA r anything to do with science really it s because the name Paganini drew me inI ve never been the type f girl to understand science The closest I came was a low C in Biology 14 years ago when I attended the University f Wyoming Ever since then I ve perated under the assumption that magic sparkles course through my veins that storks bring babies to deserving parents and that my father gave me his caterpillar eyebrows as a way to torture me in my later years Unbound of life Sound silly Of course it does that s because when I see science explained it looks as strange to me as reading a difficult piecef piano sheet music might to you I say might here because I m An Extreme Modification (Milked by Royalty, operating under the assumption that you don t play Rachmaninoffn a daily basisIn spite Feminized Sissy Justice, A Forced Feminization Sissy Story of all these misgivings the namef Paganini the famous violinists who folk lore states sold his soul to the devil for his ability to play drew me in to this book Random fact Franz Liszt also rud to be demonic in places studied Paganini s skill Everlost (Skinjacker, on the violin and translated it to the piano He also was the first to play music memorizedn the stage for a concert I blame him for my many breakdowns AnywaySo Paganini was the bait but what hooked me about this book was just how accessible the science was Seriously it blew me away In between serious chunks The Lennon Prophecy of letters and strands and things I know nothing about were anecdotal stories and historic lessons about names and things I had never known about Itpened up a whole new world to me and in the process I like to think I learned a little something then I expected ToFully Enjoyable Well Researched enjoyable well researched surprisingly fun this book gave me really strange DNA dreams and made me feel a little bit like a smart person for a short while This is a very good and entertaining survey Japonia w sześciu smakach of the historyf genetics I learned a great deal about DNA how it works and how scientists are trying to unravel its secretsEvery chapter contains some fascinating facts histories and insights For example Kean makes analogies between music linguistics and the structure Aqidah Islam of DNA The freuencyf various notes in classical music follows a power law The freuency Tank! of words in literature also follows a power law Note Kean does not mention the term power law but he describes it inther words He shows that at some level DNA codes also follow a power law He shows how palindromes do arise in DNA Geek Feminist Revolution occasionally and how they have affected X and Y chromosomesKean explains how various genetics researchers made discoveries and influencedr failed to influence each Lucky Luciano other Kean has a remarkable ability for bringing human interest stories to life For example he tells the storyf Barbara McClintock whose incredible bservational skills with a microscope enabled her to discover jumping genes in 1951 Scientists dismissed her discovery because she dared to uestion the stationary gene dogma Her reputation suffered badly Decades later as genetics progressed she was vindicated and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1983I have two misgiving about this book First Kean freuently uses the word theory in the popular sense rather than in the scientific sense He should really have used the word hypothesis which is much appropriate for a new idea that Is Still Unproven Second still unproven Second s writing is peppered with silly attempts at humor He uses expressions like a bitter butter battle broke ut Heck and we also needed us some brains Such attempts at humor somehow seemed The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness outf place and put me Churchill offNevertheless. La specie umana è stata sul punto di estinguersi Può la genetica spiegare l'assessivo di certe persone per i gatti Perché nascono individui privi di impronte digitali e bambini con la coda Che cosa possono dirci i geni sulla morte prematura del faraone Tutankhamon sulla vicenda di Tsutomu Yamaguchi il giapponese sopravvissuto a due esplosioni nucleari uale combinazione genetica creò le dita straordinariamente flessibili di Paganini Con la consueta brillantezza e il peculiare gusto per l'aneddoto scientifico Kea. .
Oh no it s another random case study a common enough reaction when I m wending my way through best selling works f nonfiction I recommend this book to my creative writing peers both poets and fiction writers as I think they will find Kean s approach to be both informative and inspirational Kean manages to cram enough information into this book to satisfy the armchair historian biologist Jean-Paul Sartre or trivia aficionado while somehow keeping it readable and entertainingIt s a rather monumental task combining the historyf science with the latest discoveries He s pretty good about explaining without talking down I think he assumed most f his readers would be like me took bio in high school and have vaguely kept up with discoveries announced in the press but have to shamefacedly admit that while we ve heard f RNA we can t really uite remember exactly what it does He defines terms as he goes assuming that you don t really remembe The author s parents were named Gene and Jean That s right Gene and Jean Kean What else could their son do but write a book about genetics And a fun book it is with some fascinating stories There is enough DNA in a human body to stretch from Pluto to the sun and back There s enough DNA In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, on earth to stretch across the known universe many many times Fruit fly genes have fun names such as groucho smurf fearf intimacy lost in space smellblind faint sausage tribble from the Star Trek episode and tinman if mutated can prevent fruit flies from growing a heart A mutant armadillo gene gives fruit flies a plated exoskeleton The turnip gene makes flies stupid like they just fell How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper off the turnip truck Tudor genes leave flies without progeny When a cleopatra gene interacts with an asp gene it can kill the fly A cheap date gene leaves flies tipsy after a sipf alcohol Ken and barby mutants have no genitalia Male coitus interruptus gene mutants spend just ten minutes Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, on sex when the norm is twenty Stuck mutant genes cannot physically disengage after sex Female dissatisfaction mutants have no sex at all There are some fun namesccasionally elsewhere also A scaramanga gene named after the James Bond villain gives mammals extra nipples The vlad tepes genes removes blood from fish The pokemon gene almost provoked a lawsuit The flour beetle s medea gene kills a female s progeny If you ever think you had a bad day just remember the story Bambi and Me of Tsutoma Yamaguchi in August 1945 He survived two atomic explosionsn that day The whole story is pretty amazing but I will never complain about my day again He lived until the year 2010 The author points to the small hope in the fact that thousands Pocahontas of childrenf A bomb survivors remained alive as he wrote the book Zipf s Law states something like the biggest r most common item in each class was twice as big r common as the second item which is twice as big as the third item and so Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies on This seemed to apply with words that Mr Zipf studied in great books DNA may have Zipfian properties as well Noam Chomsky stated Colorless green ideas sleep furiously to show that meaningless sentences are independentf syntax So the sentence itself is actually not uite devoid Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack of meaning Like modern poetry Computer software concluded that Shakespeare indeed did write The Two Noble Kinsmen But that he did not write Pericles Do we believe it Without the kickstartf mitochondria primitive life might never have developed into higher life much less intelligent human beings The first The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, organic molecules appeared near volcanic ventsn the Wolfsong ocean floor Organics were also imported from space Life starting up was surprisingly easy It was mitochondria that solved the problemf energy consumption They allowed cells to expand their DNA repertoire 200000 times Polar bear livers have astronomical amounts Ultimate Memory Book of vitamin A That vitamin allows seals to survive in the cold Polar bears need it to packn blubber Poisons accumulate as you move up the food chain Polar bears needed to deal with it Pelnrušķis un trollis or starve Evolution saved them Some explorers learned the hard way not to eat the liversf polar creatures Chimpanzees have short spines Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) on their penises Inther words they have well ahem prickly pricks Humans lost them many years ago thus prolonging copulation because male sensations decreased to say nothing f battered vaginas The human line almost went extinct multiple times A biologist named Ivanov in Stalinist Russia tried to unite human and chimpanzee genes He failed when he jammed human sperm into chimp vaginas and not their uteruses Artificial insemination was considered shameful by the church A barren Couple Having Sex Would having sex would someone listening in at the door and then charge in at the last moment with a batch f sperm to shove into the woman in an effort to trick her egg cells into believing it came from intercourse Trofim Lysenko almost killed Soviet agriculture by Disgrace (Department Q, only believing in environment factors and never in heredity After Einstein died Thomas Harvey pilfered his brain for further study It actually weighed less than normal Americans in WWII took partsf Mussolini s bran to study a dictator Folding in a brain does usually indicate higher functioning Lack Monsoon of brain folds is devastating The sneeze reflex can be inherited andften uncontrollable I know a bit about that since I cannot sneeze Slice by Slice once It usually takes me about tenr so before I stop The great violinist Niccolo Paganini refused communion and confession Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) on his deathbed fearing it would hasten his demise The Church refused him proper burial It took a few months to finally get him into a private garden where he rested for 36 years before the Church forgave him and permitted burial Toulouse Lautrec had a genetic disorder that left him with rotting teeth a swelling nose and lips that floppedpen and drooled Thus he wore a stylish beard He encouraged rumors to help his reputation with you know who He had the nickname Tripod for you know what But he was a bit Ice Maiden of a dwarf So he hungut in bars and bordellos And he gave the characters there a little bit Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle of dignity The temptationsf the Moulin Rouge casual sex late nights and strangling the parakeet his euphemism for drinking himself stupid took their toll Seducing the Heiress on Toulouse Lautrec s body He used to keep liuor in a hollowedut cane It all eventually killed him Charles Darwin was a wheezing wreck who disgusted even himself He suffered from boils fainting fits heart flutters numb fingers insomnia migraines eczema dizziness He passed horrendous gas Worst And Cowboy Makes Three of all he barfed all the time He couldn t stop until he was dry heaving He feared visiting the homesf Teasing Her SEAL others for fearf fouling up their privies He even built his Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, own hiddenne Darwin s favorite child died at age ten thus ending any remnants f a religious faith The great thing about Darwin is all that he accomplished under these conditions A truly great man The great Edward O Wilson suggested there may be genetic roots to some social differences He was blasted for it Activists
charged him nstage where he was in a wheelchair and threw ice water n him and shoutinghim nstage where he was in a wheelchair and threw ice water Rain on him and shouting genocide Idiots Some people thoughtf cloning Jesus himself by lifting DNA from the Shroud In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover of Turin Ridiculous I know But it broughtut this great comment You are trying to bring back the I Met Someone one person who is supposed to come back anyway There is a fucM gene in mice that can be changed to cause lesbians I have never been able to figureut the Darwinian conundrum about homosexuality It does not promote the species No answers yet Same with racial issues Unfortunately both are difficult to touch Croesus Quantum (Captain Chase once went to hear theracle at issues Unfortunately both are difficult to touch Croesus The Other Islam once went to hear theracle at You will destroy a great empire Of course it turned Last Man Standing out to be hiswn Our DNA is like an racle Do we want to listen. Pecie la più dominante che il nostro pianeta abbia conosciuto e insieme le semplici storie individuali dimostrando l'impatto decisivo che l'eredità genetica ha sul destino di ciascuno di noi Ma non si pensi che il seuenziamento del genoma umano rappresenti un punto d'arrivo Le nuove frontiere dell'ingegneria genetica aprono prospettive che ci affascinano e al tempo stesso ci terrorizzano specie uando lasciano intravedere la possibilità di «modificare la nostra stessa essenza chimica e di inventare da capo la vita».