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Academic & Professional Books  Organismal to Molecular Biology  Genetics

The Genetic Inferno Inside the Seven Deadly Sins

By: John Medina
341 pages, 30 b/w illustrations
The Genetic Inferno
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  • The Genetic Inferno ISBN: 9781107405493 Paperback Jul 2012 Usually dispatched within 6 days
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What makes us react or feel the way we do? If you have ever asked yourself this question, then let John Medina take you on a tour of the fascinations and frustrations involved in the quest to understand the biological basis of human behavior. By describing the gap that exists between a human behavior and a human gene, this fascinating book, first published in 2000, seeks both to clarify and debunk ideas about the genetic roots of behavior, from the genes of divorce to the tendency to eat chocolate. Using Dante's "The Divine Comedy" as an organizing framework, The Genetic Inferno explains each of the Seven Deadly Sins, but in terms of twentieth-century genes and brains. Written by a practising research scientist, this book is not for biologists, but for literature majors, business people, parents, and anyone interested in how our genes work to make us behave the way we do.



1. The power of physics envy
2. Lust
3. Gluttony
4. Avarice
5. Sloth
6. Wrath
7. Envy
8. Pride


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Dr John Medina is a molecular biologist on the faculty of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also a consultant and regular columnist for an American psychiatric organization on the genetics and neurobiology of human behavior. In the course of his research career, which has included the isolation and characterization of genes involved in cardiovascular development, Dr Medina became concerned with the public communication of biological sciences to both lay and professional medical audiences. He was recently recognized as the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education Teacher of the Year.

By: John Medina
341 pages, 30 b/w illustrations
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"He has admirably attempted to make this as entertaining and easy to read as possible. Indeed, the book's great strength is the lucidity of its exposition of the science of human emotion. Further, Medina peppers the text with some quite fascinating examples of seminal research concerning human behaviour [...] Medina's prose is energetic and enthusiastic [...]"
- Canberra Times

"[...] a rich introduction to the current state of the art in understanding the interplay of genes, hormones, synapses and neurotransmitters, which somehow link brains and behaviours [...] a cleverly constructed account of some of the most difficult problems of contemporary biology [...] welcome additions to the popular literature."
- Jon Turney, Times Higher Education Supplement

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