She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force set to shape our future even more radically. She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity int Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that...

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Title:She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
Author:Carl Zimmer
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She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity Reviews

  • Allison
    Jun 22, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens. This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when ...

    Loved this book, learned so much about genes and heredity. Blows up the nature vs. nurture debate by showing that it's both and it's complicated. Got me up to speed on the latest developments like CRISPR, three- and four-parent embryos, and commercial genetic sequencing. Exposes the ho...

    This book is so big it took me quite awhile to finish. It really slowed down my number of books read, but it was so interesting it was worth it! The first section is a good refresher on heredity, both the history of the science as well as how it all works. The rest of the book focuses ...

  • Polo Lonergan
    Jun 23, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

  • Mehrsa
    Jun 06, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

  • Andy Adkins
    Jun 16, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens. This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when ...

    Loved this book, learned so much about genes and heredity. Blows up the nature vs. nurture debate by showing that it's both and it's complicated. Got me up to speed on the latest developments like CRISPR, three- and four-parent embryos, and commercial genetic sequencing. Exposes the ho...

    This book is so big it took me quite awhile to finish. It really slowed down my number of books read, but it was so interesting it was worth it! The first section is a good refresher on heredity, both the history of the science as well as how it all works. The rest of the book focuses ...

    I received an arc from a Goodreads giveaway. I have been reading this over time along with other stories because this is a big book to take on. There is a lot of interesting information about heredity. ...

    So far, conceptual discussions of chimerism overlays & healthy do not adequately disambiguate their affect of cellular to system function and adeptness from genetics thus availing troubling interpretations that make no calorie oriented memory making or behavioral sense. ...

  • Jaimie
    Jul 01, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens. This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when ...

    Loved this book, learned so much about genes and heredity. Blows up the nature vs. nurture debate by showing that it's both and it's complicated. Got me up to speed on the latest developments like CRISPR, three- and four-parent embryos, and commercial genetic sequencing. Exposes the ho...

    This book is so big it took me quite awhile to finish. It really slowed down my number of books read, but it was so interesting it was worth it! The first section is a good refresher on heredity, both the history of the science as well as how it all works. The rest of the book focuses ...

    I received an arc from a Goodreads giveaway. I have been reading this over time along with other stories because this is a big book to take on. There is a lot of interesting information about heredity. ...

    So far, conceptual discussions of chimerism overlays & healthy do not adequately disambiguate their affect of cellular to system function and adeptness from genetics thus availing troubling interpretations that make no calorie oriented memory making or behavioral sense. ...

    A detailed historical overview of mankind?s understanding of heredity that is masterfully presented in logical order. Mankind?s relatively recent experimentation with CRISPR is exciting, inspiring and concerning. ...

    Good, but a bit uneven. Some sections were very enjoyable, but others dragged a bit for me. ...

  • Dlmrose
    Jun 06, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

  • Leona
    Jun 18, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

  • Ilya
    Jul 09, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

  • Jason
    Jul 12, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

  • Amanda
    Jun 14, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens. This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when ...

    Loved this book, learned so much about genes and heredity. Blows up the nature vs. nurture debate by showing that it's both and it's complicated. Got me up to speed on the latest developments like CRISPR, three- and four-parent embryos, and commercial genetic sequencing. Exposes the ho...

    This book is so big it took me quite awhile to finish. It really slowed down my number of books read, but it was so interesting it was worth it! The first section is a good refresher on heredity, both the history of the science as well as how it all works. The rest of the book focuses ...

    I received an arc from a Goodreads giveaway. I have been reading this over time along with other stories because this is a big book to take on. There is a lot of interesting information about heredity. ...

  • Tracey
    Jul 02, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

  • Jane
    Jun 27, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

  • Gary
    Jul 07, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

  • Tom
    Jun 17, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

  • Josh Michaud
    Jun 24, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens. This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when ...

    Loved this book, learned so much about genes and heredity. Blows up the nature vs. nurture debate by showing that it's both and it's complicated. Got me up to speed on the latest developments like CRISPR, three- and four-parent embryos, and commercial genetic sequencing. Exposes the ho...

  • Dramatika
    Jun 24, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

  • Paul
    Jun 17, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

  • Yossarianxxi
    Jul 09, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

  • Ernst Hafen
    Jun 20, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

  • Pam Mooney
    May 19, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

  • Gerard Villegas
    Jun 10, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

  • Earl P. Chantrill
    Jul 10, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

  • Leo
    Jun 29, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

  • Ted Savage
    Jun 24, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens. This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when ...

    Loved this book, learned so much about genes and heredity. Blows up the nature vs. nurture debate by showing that it's both and it's complicated. Got me up to speed on the latest developments like CRISPR, three- and four-parent embryos, and commercial genetic sequencing. Exposes the ho...

    This book is so big it took me quite awhile to finish. It really slowed down my number of books read, but it was so interesting it was worth it! The first section is a good refresher on heredity, both the history of the science as well as how it all works. The rest of the book focuses ...

    I received an arc from a Goodreads giveaway. I have been reading this over time along with other stories because this is a big book to take on. There is a lot of interesting information about heredity. ...

    So far, conceptual discussions of chimerism overlays & healthy do not adequately disambiguate their affect of cellular to system function and adeptness from genetics thus availing troubling interpretations that make no calorie oriented memory making or behavioral sense. ...

    A detailed historical overview of mankind?s understanding of heredity that is masterfully presented in logical order. Mankind?s relatively recent experimentation with CRISPR is exciting, inspiring and concerning. ...

  • Lorraine Dunlap
    Jul 02, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...

    I'm not sure how I found this book, but it is amazing. It contains so much information about heredity which enlightens, amazes, and sometimes frightens. This book is both personal and universal, and must be a very recent publication. It gets a little technical at times, but just when ...

  • Robert Monk
    Jul 14, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

  • Isaac Larkin
    Jun 08, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

  • Amy C.
    Jul 01, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

  • Nazia Naz
    Apr 26, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

  • Karenclifford61
    Jul 10, 2018

    Yes, it's long ? about 540 or so actual pages of text, followed by a glossary, bibliography and endnotes ? but She Has Her Mother's Laugh does not waste a single page. Carl Zimmer has produced a masterpiece of science writing, distilling incredibly complex concepts into understanda...

    An amazing and well researched book. Takes us through the history and research of heredity from first works to today. It was so interesting to know where we started and how little we knew about heredity not that long ago. Some scientific researchers got it right and others drew wrong...

    What a brilliant earth shuttering book! The staff good science fiction is made of except happening IRL now as we live. So many amazing new ideas and facts, I was forced to stop reading and just contemplate and share with friends and family what I read. I'm not very good at science, alt...

    Heredity is the sum of all the previous environments and the current environment we were thrown into. Who we are as a species and as individuals is far more complicated than just our genes. Mendel?s law is a suggestion more than a law. This book lays the ground work for each of those...

    A fascinating journey through the multi-facetted biological basis, historical and societal impact of heredity; from Aristotle to plant and animal breeders in the 18th and 19th century to Darwin, Mendel, eugenics, pre-implantation diagnostics and CRISPR/Cas. Carl Zimmer tells the story ...

    3+ ...

    Parts of this book are interesting. Parts are excrutiatingly dry. It felt like it took me forever to slog through the ending. ...

    If you haven't been following or reading any news on genetics research, then this is an excellent primer, but if you do follow the science pages, there isn't much that is new in here. It's all interesting, but it's written by a reporter on science so none of it is firsthand research an...

    Great book with numerous points of insight into modern genetics and heredity. The middle lost some momentum, but the author did a great job of finishing well and tying the whole storyline together by the end giving the read a feeling more akin to a novel rather than a textbook. ...

    After reading this, I'm gonna clone myself with my DNA or create a homonculous to help restart humanity. Lord knows we need it ...

    The given title she has her mothers laugh attracted me I want to read it. ...

    Beautifully written, tackles important and fascinating areas of heredity. I was surprised to learn that if you go back just a few generations, your odds of sharing *any* DNA with any particular ancestor drops to almost 0 (and if you go back just a few thousand years, then every human b...

    Carl Zimmer delivers a wonderful tribute to the perplexities and fascinating aspects of our DNA in this remarkably illuminating book. ...

    The best word to describe this book has to be 'comprehensive'. This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of every aspect of heredity. It looks at sociological understandings of heredity throughout history, of the history of scientific understanding of heredity, of the discovery Mend...

    This is a book about heredity, but Zimmer explores the scope of heredity far beyond what most of us think of when we hear that word. "Thinking broadly about hereditary might help us outside of laboratories as well. In the United States, it has proven all too tempting over the centuries...

    Review of: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer (Goodreads Author) Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society--a force s...

    This is a popular history of genetics from classical times through the twentieth century, when most of it was figured out, to the present. There is a lot of fascinating stuff for the non-biologist: a contagious tumor as an immortal life form derived from dogs; embryos giving their stem...

    While he's not as funny as Mary Roach and his anecdotes aren't as quirky as those of Sam Kean (whose book The Violinist's Thumb covers similar territory), Carl Zimmer is probably the better science journalist, writing a detailed, comprehensive look at heredity that manages to get reall...

    A nice overview of the current state of the science of heredity. It goes through a lot of topics, the most interesting one of which was, for me, the fact that fetal stem cells go back and forth between a mother and a fetus, leading both of them to carry a bit of genetic material from t...

    This was a fascinating read about genetics and inheritance (not just biology) and the history of heredity. Well-written, it kept me turning the pages. The most fascinating chapters for me were on mosaics and chimeras. It was fascinating to read how some of us may be chimeras (the biolo...

    This is some book. IT's INCREDIBLY detailed and interesting look at hereditary and genetics in the human genome. I did this in audio book, and it was kind of hard to catch some things the first time through. This is definitely a book that will need a re-read. IT's incredibly detail...

    I enjoyed the book but was ultimately disappointed that in the final two chapters the book was summed up as political, rather than scientific, in its purpose. I found many of the stories included in the book to be educational as well as interesting and surprising. It's been many years ...

    Having a very limited high school biology background (and since then, supplemented with YouTube videos) the last third of this book was beyond my grasp, but because I enjoyed the writing style of the first 2/3, I certainly didn't want to give up on it. It's likely little of the present...