The story of the gene is one of the great mystery narratives of science. In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, weaves together the history of genetics with his family’s history of mental illness. He looks backward to follow humanity’s growing ability to “read” the human genome from Mendel through Morgan and Hunt to the Human Genome Project. He also looks forward with ethical and human questions about which of the possible experiments with “writing” human genetic code we really want to pursue. Our reading and discussion will help develop our scientific literacy around genetics and will challenge us with the ethical dilemmas raised by recent breakthroughs in genetic modification.
Book: The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee