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Books of Interest
Some Selective Papers from the Scientific Literature
Some Selective papers of interest from the popular culture
Books of Interest
DNA is Not Destiny by Steven Heine, 2018
There has been a lot of press in both the popular and scientific literature about the merits of DNA testing not only for genealogy but also for assessment of risk for genetic disorders. Numerous companies have sprung up, including 23andMe, with the claim that a simply genetic profile can be ascertained to provide insights into potential genetic risks including diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's to name a few. This book, written for a general audience, provides some straightforward and well-articulated constructive criticisms of the gene-searcher-for-hire companies, our reliance on genes for complex behaviors, and other controversies or misconceptions in the genetic realm. The primary thesis of the book is that complex organisms, especially Homo sapiens, are much more then simply victims of their genetic composition. In fact genetics may impact our biological destinies much less then assumed or promoted by the industry and some scientists. Unless you are using these genetic companies for entertainment (how much Irish genetic material do I contain?) do not waste your money on their limited and flawed assessments. Overall this book is informative, full of anecdotes, and written in casual manner delving into current news and cultural items. The book is light on science for the molecular biologists in the crowd but he does provide a rather thorough citation list for each chapter that encompasses bot the popular and scientific literature. Highly recommended.