9780195169942

When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish ...and Other Amazing Tales about the Genes in Your Body

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195169942

  • ISBN10:

    0195169948

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-05-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

From the gene that causes people to age prematurely to the "bitter gene" that may spawn broccoli haters, this book explores a few of the more exotic locales on the human genome, highlighting some of the tragic and bizarre ways our bodies go wrong when genes fall prey to mutation and thecurious ways in which genes have evolved for our survival. Lisa Seachrist Chiu offers here a smorgasbord of stories about rare and not so rare genetic quirks--the gene that makes some people smell like a fish, the Black Urine Gene, the Werewolf Gene, the Calico Cat Gene. We read about the Dracula Gene, a mutation in zebra fish that causes blood cellsto explode on contact with light, and suites of genes that also influence behavior and physical characteristics. The Tangier Island Gene, first discovered after physicians discovered a boy with orange tonsils (scientists now realize that the child's odd condition comes from an inability to processcholesterol). And Wilson's Disease, a gene defect that fails to clear copper from the body, which can trigger schizophrenia and other neurological symptoms, and can be fatal if left untreated. On the plus side, we read about the Myostatin gene, a mutation which allows muscles to become much largerthan usual and enhances strength--indeed, the mutations have produced beefier cows and at least one stronger human. And there is also the much-envied Cheeseburger Gene, which allows a lucky few to eat virtually anything they want and remain razor thin. While fascinating us with stories of genetic peculiarities, Chiu also manages to explain much cutting-edge research in modern genetics, resulting in a book that is both informative and entertaining. It is a must read for everyone who loves popular science or is curious about the humanbody.

Author Biography


Lisa Seachrist Chiu is a journalist and writer who has covered the cutting edge of genetics, medicine, and molecular biology for more than a decade. She's been published in United Press International Syndicate papers, Science, Science News, BioWorld Today, Discovery.com, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(3)
When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish 4(8)
It Takes Two to Tango
12(37)
The First Gene
16(5)
Phenylketonuria and the First Genetic Test
21(6)
Maple Syrup Urine
27(7)
The Tangier Island Gene
34(6)
The Celtic Curse
40(5)
Metallic Madness
45(4)
Just One Bad Apple
49(17)
The Long Stretch Gene
50(6)
The Dracula Gene
56(4)
The Expandable Gene
60(6)
You Can Blame It on Mom
66(18)
The Gene That Launched a Revolution
67(7)
The Fragile X
74(5)
The Werewolf Gene
79(2)
The Cue Ball Gene
81(3)
Leaving an Imprint
84(25)
Whither Mom or Dad Gene
86(8)
The Calico Cat Gene
94(7)
When a Gene Won't Silence
101(8)
Just a Little Piece of the Puzzle
109(31)
Speaking with a ``Forked Tongue''
110(5)
The Cheeseburger Gene
115(4)
The Bitter Gene, or The Battle over Broccoli
119(6)
The Schwarzenegger Gene: From Mighty Mice to Hulking Human
125(5)
A Performance Gene
130(4)
An Aging Gene
134(6)
In the Beginning
140(39)
The Cut-and-Paste Genes
140(5)
Jomon Genes
145(6)
Survivors' Benefit
151(5)
The Pregnancy Genes
156(8)
The ``Got Milk?'' Gene
164(3)
Innate Sensing Genes
167(5)
The Sidedness Genes
172(7)
Epilogue: Snippets of Information Reveal the Whole? 179(5)
Appendix: A Genetics Primer 184(8)
References 192(19)
Index 211

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