In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick solved one of science’s greatest enigmas—the molecule underlying all life—and changed the face of biology. For the first time, scientists could isolate what makes us human. DNA provides a fascinating guide to the world of the double helix, examining who we are, how we’re wired, and how we repair ourselves. With information on so-called “junk” DNA, how our genes evolved, heritability, the genetics of neuroscience, viruses, disease, and what happens when things go wrong, this takes us on a beautiful, visual journey through the polymer chain.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Dr. Kat Arney has appeared on the highly successful podcast Naked Scientists for the past decade, and produces and presents Naked Genetics. She also co-presents the national BBC Radio 5Live Science show. According to BBC America she is one of the “Top Ten Brits who make science sexy.” Kat’s last book was Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work. She holds a PhD in developmental biology from Cambridge University. See katarney.wordpress.com.