I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year! Just two months to go and I would have accomplished my 2016 science reads resolution!
Sticking with human biology for this month’s theme – I plan on reading Nessa Carey’s The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance. <– (Phew! The whole title is quite a mouthful!)
I’m keen on learning more about the human body and how our genes determine who we are. Plus, as always, it will make great fodder for any future fantasy/scifi books I wanna write!
I wanted in particular to learn more about epigenetics after reading Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves. I suspect the epigenetics theme in Seveneves is more fiction than reality and obviously we’re not going to get there anytime soon, if at all But nevertheless that left me wondering just what can we do with genetics? And could we really one day create near-superhumans through gene modification? Get rid of known diseases forever? Change the meaning of biological inheritance? What would that mean for us as the human race?
I plan to find out more about this in November’s science read. I’ll be back with a review at the end of the month!