The story within us…
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
It may well be the greatest science saga ever told. Featuring a cast of millions – viruses, bacteria, fruit flies, pea plants, worms, rats, inquisitive humans and countless others – the story of the genetic code is an odyssey of billions of years that has been elucidated over the past couple centuries. There may be no one more capable of revealing the full wonder of the story than Siddhartha Mukherjee – oncologist, writer and sage investigator extraordinaire. In The Gene he tells of humankinds continued efforts to unweave the mysteries of life, for both good and evil.
Following the raging success of The Emperor of All Maladies – his first book and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 – Mukherjee takes on an even more daunting topic than cancer. Starting with Gregor Mendel and his pea plants, he describes the birth of genetics, culminating in the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick. While readers may be familiar with many of these stories, the author often manages to provide a fresh spin with some consistently wonderful science writing.