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Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body By Armand Marie Leroi

Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body
by Armand Marie Leroi

Explains how we grow; and what happens when mistakes occur
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Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body Summary


How we grow; and what happens when mistakes occur Mutants is a book about how the body develops and grows from a single cell to an adult and then declines into old age. What does the new molecular genetics tell us about the human condition? How is a limb formed? Why do we have five fingers (and not six)? What controls the size to which we grow? Why do we age? More than this, however, it is a brilliant narrative history of what happens when things go wrong. This book tells, rather like a biological verison of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, the stories of particularly historically important and bizarre cases: of a French convent girl of the last century who found herself changing sex upon puberty and her miserable fate in the gutters of Paris; of children, invariably stillborn, who have cylopia (one eye located beneath their nasal cavity); of a tribe of pygmies in the Andaman Islands and a village of Ecuadorian dwarves: of a remarkably hairy family who were kept at the Burmese Royal Court for four generations (and from whom Darwin took one of his keenest insights into heredity); and so on. From each important lessons are drawn that illustrate over and over again the amazing nature of cellular growth and how it works.

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Sku
GOR001300165
Title
Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Year published
Number of pages
320
ISBN 10
0007184573
ISBN 13
9780007184576
Prizes
N/A
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