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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.
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.
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.
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>
Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity
by Jamie Metzl

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<p>"A gifted and thoughtful writer, Metzl brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril." — Siddhartha Mukherjee MD, <em>New York Times </em>bestselling author of <em>The Emperor of All Maladies</em> and<em> The Gene</em></p><p><strong>Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, <em>Hacking Darwin </em>is the must read book about the future of our species for fans of <em>Homo Deus</em> and <em>The Gene</em>. </strong></p><p><em>After 3.8 billion years humankind is about to start evolving by new rules...</em></p><p>From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives — sex, war, love, and death. </p><p>At the dawn of the genetics revolution, our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. But as humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, the choices we make today will be the difference between realizing breathtaking advances in human well-being and descending into a dangerous and potentially deadly genetic arms race. </p><p> Enter the laboratories where scientists are turning science fiction into reality. Look towards a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, build life from scratch, and recreate the plant and animal world, should we? <br /></p>
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
by Nicholas A. Christakis

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

March 26, 2019

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<b>"A dazzlingly erudite synthesis of history, philosophy, anthropology, genetics, sociology, economics, epidemiology, statistics, and more" (Frank Bruni, <i>The New York Times</i>), <i>Blueprint</i> shows why evolution has placed us on a humane path -- and how we are united by our common humanity.</b><br />For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all of our inventions -- our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.<br />In <i>Blueprint</i>, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide.<br />With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.<br />In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, <i>Blueprint </i>shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies are still shaping our genes today.
The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Gen...
by Daniel Okrent

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English

Pages

497

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>NAMED ONE OF THE “100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR” BY <i>THE </i><i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i></b><br /> <br /><b>“An extraordinary book, I can’t recommend it highly enough.” –Whoopi Goldberg, <i>The View</i></b><br /> <br /><b>By the widely celebrated <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Last Call</i>—the powerful, definitive, and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America close the immigration door to “inferiors” in the 1920s.</b><br /><br />A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, <i>The Guarded Gate </i>tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers—many of them progressives—who led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years.<br /> <br />Over five years in the writing, <i>The Guarded Gate </i>tells the complete story from its beginning in 1895, when Henry Cabot Lodge and other Boston Brahmins launched their anti-immigrant campaign. In 1921, Vice President Calvin Coolidge declared that “biological laws” had proven the inferiority of southern and eastern Europeans; the restrictive law was enacted three years later. In his characteristic style, both lively and authoritative, Okrent brings to life the rich cast of characters from this time, including Lodge’s closest friend, Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Darwin’s first cousin, Francis Galton, the idiosyncratic polymath who gave life to eugenics; the fabulously wealthy and profoundly bigoted Madison Grant, founder of the Bronx Zoo, and his best friend, H. Fairfield Osborn, director of the American Museum of Natural History; Margaret Sanger, who saw eugenics as a sensible adjunct to her birth control campaign; and Maxwell Perkins, the celebrated editor of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A work of history relevant for today, <i>The Guarded Gate</i> is an important, insightful tale that painstakingly connects the American eugenicists to the rise of Nazism, and shows how their beliefs found fertile soil in the minds of citizens and leaders both here and abroad.
She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potentia...
by Carl Zimmer

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English

Pages

671

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalist<br />"Science book of the year"<b>—</b><i>The Guardian</i></b><br /><b>One of <i>New York Times</i> 100 Notable Books for 2018</b><br /><b>One of <i>Publishers Weekly</i>'s Top Ten Books of 2018<br />One of <i>Kirkus</i>'s Best Books of 2018 <br />One of Mental Floss's Best Books of 2018<br />One of Science Friday's Best Science Books of 2018</b><br /><b>“Extraordinary”—</b><i>New York Times Book Review   <br /></i><b>"Magisterial"<b>—</b></b><i>The Atlantic</i><b><br />"Engrossing"<b>—</b></b><i>Wired</i><b><br />"Leading contender as the most outstanding nonfiction work of the year"<b>—</b></b><i>Minneapolis Star-Tribune<br /></i><br />Celebrated <i>New York Times</i> columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer 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 birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities...<br /><br />But, Zimmer writes, “Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are—our appearance, our height, our penchants—in inconceivably subtle ways.” Heredity isn’t just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors—using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates—but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer’s lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. <br /><br />Weaving historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world’s best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.
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.
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.

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