|The Epigenetics Revolution
How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance
|Why can identical twins develop different diseases like schizophrenia? Why are tortoiseshell cats always female? Why was Audrey Hepburn so delicately beautiful? Why do we age, develop disease or become addicted to drugs?
Astonishingly, the answers to all these questions lie in epigenetics. The fastest moving field in biology today, it has at its heart the realisation that cells read genetic code more like a script to be interpreted than a blueprint that replicates the same result each time.
Biologist Nessa Carey deftly takes us through the thrilling developments epigenetics has undergone in recent years, explores the far-reaching consequences it has for our understanding of life, and reveals the amazing possibilities that epigenetics holds for each of us in the surprisingly near future.