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Lifespan: Why We Age-and Why We Don't Have To
by , Matthew D. LaPlante

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English

Pages

310

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER </b><br /> <br /><b>A paradigm-shifting book from an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and one of <i>Time</i>’s most influential people.</b><br /><br />It’s a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan?<br /> <br />In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: “Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.”<br /> <br />This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs—many from Dr. David Sinclair’s own lab at Harvard—that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to <i>feel </i>younger, but actually <i>become </i>younger.<br /> <br />Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes—such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat—that have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, <i>Lifespan </i>will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it.
Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class
by Charles Murray

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b>All people are equal but, as <i>Human Diversity</i> explores, all groups of people are not the same -- a fascinating investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences.</b><b><br /></b>The thesis of <i>Human Diversity</i> is that advances in genetics and neuroscience are overthrowing an intellectual orthodoxy that has ruled the social sciences for decades. The core of the orthodoxy consists of three dogmas:<br /><br />- Gender is a social construct.<br /><br />- Race is a social construct.<br /><br />- Class is a function of privilege. <br /><br />The problem is that all three dogmas are half-truths. They have stifled progress in understanding the rich texture that biology adds to our understanding of the social, political, and economic worlds we live in.<br /><br />It is not a story to be feared. "There are no monsters in the closet," Murray writes, "no dread doors we must fear opening." But it is a story that needs telling. <i>Human Diversity</i> does so without sensationalism, drawing on the most authoritative scientific findings, celebrating both our many differences and our common humanity.
Scotland: A History from Earliest Times
by Alistair Moffat

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

September 22, 2015

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<b>Five hundred million years of Scottish history from the author of <i>Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms</i>: “Deserves a prominent place in the history canon” (<i>Scots Magazine).</i></b><br />  <br /> Covering the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, the acclaimed historian and author explores the history of the Scottish nation. Focusing on key moments such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented.<br />  <br /> From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat’s epic explores the drama of battle, change, loss, and innovation interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.<br />  <br /> “Moffat plunders the facts and fables to create a richly-detailed and comprehensive analysis of a nation’s past and references a huge number of sources.” —<i>Scotland Magazine</i><br />  <br /> “The great thing about Moffat’s account is that, for all its emphasis on uncertainty, it rattles along with complete narrative certainty, to the extent that great events consistently take even a historically literate reader unawares.” —<i>Scottish Review of Books</i><br />  <br /> “A very readable, well-researched and fluent account.” —<i>Scotland on Sunday</i>
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science o...
by David Reich

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<b>A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history.</b><br /> <br />Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. <br /> <br />In <i>Who We Are and How We Got Here</i>, Reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.<br /> <br />Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, <i>Who We Are and How We Got Here</i> is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today.
The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary edition (Oxford Landmark Scien...
by Richard Dawkins

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

June 02, 2016

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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages.<br /><br />As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology<br />community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published.<br /><br />This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews.<br /><br />Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.
Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing ...
by Dr. Steven R. Gundry

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

March 11, 2008

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<b>"Dr. Gundry has crafted a wise program with a powerful track record.”</b> <br /><b>–Mehmet Oz, M.D.</b><br /><br />Does losing weight and staying healthy feel like a battle? Well, it’s really a war. Your enemies are your own genes, backed by millions of years of evolution, and the only way to win is to outsmart them. Renowned surgeon and founder of Gundry MD, Dr. Steven Gundry’s revolutionary book shares the health secrets other doctors won’t tell you:<br /><br />• Why plants are “good” for you because they’re “bad” for you, and meat is “bad” because it’s “good” for you<br />• Why plateauing on this diet is actually a sign that you’re on the right track<br />• Why artificial sweeteners have the same effects as sugar on your health and your waistline<br />• Why taking antacids, statins, and drugs for high blood pressure and arthritis masks health issues instead of addressing them<br /><br />Along with the meal planner, 70 delicious recipes, and inspirational stories, Dr. Gundry’s easy-to-memorize tips will keep you healthy and on course.
How to Argue With a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say Abo...
by Adam Rutherford

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

April 21, 2020

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<b>Race is not a biological reality.<br /> Racism thrives on our not knowing this.</b><br /><br /> Racist pseudoscience is on the rise—fueling hatred, feeding nationalism, and seeping into our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even the well-intentioned repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp—and all too easy to distort. Paradoxically, misconceptions are multiplying amid today’s unprecedented surge of research on human genetics. We’ve never had a clearer picture of who we are and where we come from, and the science, when accurately understood, is a powerful and definitive ally <i>against </i>racism. But not nearly enough of these findings have made their way into the casual conversations we have about race.<br /><br /> This penetrating guide shows us how being a responsible and enlightened citizen on the matter of race today requires us to know what modern genetics actually can and can’t tell us about human difference. Racial categories still vexing our societies do not align with observable genetic differences—and those differences are, in fact, so minute that they serve as evidence of our commonality.
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retol...
by Adam Rutherford

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English

Pages

420

Publication Date

September 25, 2017

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<b>National Book Critics Circle Award—2017 Nonfiction Finalist<br /><br /> “Nothing less than a tour de force—a heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling.”—<i><b>The New York Times Book Review</b></i><b>, Editor's Choice</b><br /><br /> A <i>National Geographic</i> Best Book of 2017</b><br /><br /> In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species—births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away—until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story—from 100,000 years ago to the present.
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
by David Quammen

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English

Pages

480

Publication Date

August 14, 2018

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<b>In this <i>New York Times</i> bestseller and longlist nominee for the National Book Award, “our greatest living chronicler of the natural world” (<i>The New York Times</i>), David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology affect our understanding of evolution and life’s history. </b><br /><br />In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field—the study of life’s diversity and relatedness at the molecular level—is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important; we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived sideways by viral infection—a type of HGT.<br /> <br />In <i>The Tangled Tree</i>, “the grandest tale in biology….David Quammen presents the science—and the scientists involved—with patience, candor, and flair” (<i>Nature</i>). We learn about the major players, such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about “mosaic” creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health.<br /> <br />“David Quammen proves to be an immensely well-informed guide to a complex story” (<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>). In <i>The Tangled Tree</i>, he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life—including where we humans fit upon it. Thanks to new technologies, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition—through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. “<i>The Tangled Tree </i>is a source of wonder….Quammen has written a deep and daring intellectual adventure” (<i>The Boston Globe</i>).
A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Co...
by , Samuel H. Sternberg

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English

Pages

307

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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<b>Finalist for the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize</b><br />  <b> <br /> “The future is in our hands as never before, and this book explains the stakes like no other.” — George Lucas</b><br /><br /><b>“Required reading for every concerned citizen.” — <i>New York Review of Books</i></b><br />  <br /> Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. That is, until 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology that she helped create—to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest, simplest, most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad, unforeseeable consequences—to say nothing of the ethical and societal repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create “better” humans. Writing with fellow researcher Sam Sternberg, Doudna shares the thrilling story of her discovery and describes the enormous responsibility that comes with the power to rewrite the code of life.<br />  <br /><b>“An invaluable account . . . We owe Doudna several times over.” — <i>Guardian</i></b>

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