Gene Machine : How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids – and the Kids We Have
By Rochman, Bonnie
Book – 2017
Cracking the Aging Code
The New Science of Growing Old– and What It Means for Staying Young
By Mitteldorf, Josh
Book – 2016
Summary: get exercise and almost starve yourself if you want a long life.
Theories of aging have foundations in the thinking of Darwin, Mendel, Fisher, and Wright. The latter died in 1988, so why are we still struggling with understanding the causes of aging? This book, by an expert in genetics and evolution, explains how aging is not a weakness: it is programmed into our genes.
This is the most readable book I have seen on the topic. For example, it explains how an allele is a version of a gene, and the ‘selfish gene’ should really be the ‘selfish allele’.
The author teaches at MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley, and has research positions at these universities.
300 pages, hardcover, minimal graphs or charts, no illustrations.
Cracking the Aging Code : A New Look at Growing Old
Book – 2016
One in A Billion The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medi By Johnson, Mark & Kathleen Gallagher Book – 2016
Humans 3.0 The Upgrading of the Species By Nowak, Peter (Book – 2015 )
Creation – How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself By Rutherford, Adam – 2013
Biotechnology fans will find this a fascinating discussion of research into the origins of life billions of years ago, with excursions into the biochemistry of DNA and the cell.
The Epigenetics Revolution How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance, Nessa Carey, – 2012)
Brain Bugs – How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives, Dean Buonomano, – 2011
If you want to understand how the brain works, this book will get you a bit ahead. Written by a professor but very readable. Hardcover, 250 pages.
The Viral Storm – The Dawn of A New Pandemic Age, Nathan Wolfe, 2011
Written by a Stanford professor, this very readable book explains epidemics. Hardcover, 250 pages.
The Quest for the Cure – The Science and Stories Behind the Next Generation of Medicines, Brent Stockwell, Columbia University Press, 2011
This book explains how researchers discover new drugs to fight diseases such as cancer. The book is very readable, and you do not need a background in biochemistry to understand it. Hardcover, 200 pages.