Books about Genetics

  1. The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

    by Richard Dawkins
    A journey through the history of life on Earth, tracing the emergence of species.

    The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    by Siddhartha Mukherjee
    A comprehensive account of the history and science of cancer, from its origins to modern treatments.

    An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found, here, and, here,. The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer - from its first documented ... (Goodreads)

  3. Watchers

    by Dean Koontz
    A story of terror and suspense as a genetically engineered creature wreaks havoc in a small town.

    Travis Cornell, a former Delta Force operative, feels that his life has become pointless, and is exploring a canyon near his home when he encounters two genetically engineered creatures that have ... (Wikipedia)

  4. More Than Human

    by Theodore Sturgeon
    A story of human evolution, examining the potential of human beings to transcend their physical limitations.

    The first part of the novel, The Fabulous Idiot , narrates the birth of the gestalt. In the beginning, we are introduced to the world of Lone, referred to as the "Idiot", a 25-year-old male with a ... (Wikipedia)

  5. The Gene: An Intimate History

    by Siddhartha Mukherjee
    An exploration of the science of genetics and its implications for humanity.

    Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. The story of the gene ... (Goodreads)

  6. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    by Jared Diamond
    Tracing the origins of human civilizations through the lens of geography, technology, and biology.

    "Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope ... one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years." Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller: ... (Goodreads)

  7. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

    by Robert M. Sapolsky
    An exploration of biology, behavior, and human nature, uncovering why we act the way we do.

    Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, ... (Goodreads)

  8. Inside the Human Body

    by Joanna Cole
    A journey through the inner workings of the human body, from the bones to the organs.

    Talk about a change of plans! Ms. Frizzle and her class are on the Magic School Bus headed for a museum. They have been studying how the body turns food into energy, and now they are going to see an ... (Goodreads)

  9. Next

    by Michael Crichton
    A thrilling sci-fi story about time travel and its consequences on the future.

    Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future –- it's the world right now. Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Selfish Gene

    by Richard Dawkins
    A study of evolutionary biology, exploring how genes act and how they impact behavior.

    Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The ... (Goodreads)

  11. Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

    by Matt Ridley
    A journey through the genetic code of humanity, uncovering our evolutionary history.

    Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, is a 1999 popular science book by the science writer Matt Ridley , published by Fourth Estate. The chapters are numbered for the pairs of human ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Your Inner Fish: a Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

    by Neil Shubin
    Exploration of human evolution through the lens of anatomy, revealing our connection to our ancient ancestors.

    Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Origin of Species

    by Charles Darwin
    Comprehensive scientific exploration of the evolution of species and the natural world.

    Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for ... (Goodreads)

  14. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    by Steven Pinker
    The exploration of the science of human nature, including the implications for society.

    In The Blank Slate , Steven Pinker explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. He shows how many intellectuals have denied the existence of human nature by ... (Goodreads)

  15. Why Evolution Is True

    by Jerry A. Coyne
    Comprehensive exploration of the evidence for evolutionary biology.

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design," there is an element of the controversy ... (Goodreads)

  16. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    by Richard Dawkins
    An exploration of the evidence and science of evolution, highlighting its importance in understanding the history of life on Earth.

    Charles Darwin’s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species , shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would ... (Goodreads)

  17. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

    by Jonathan Weiner
    A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the research of Peter and Rosemary Grant, who studied the evolution of Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands.

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize,Winner of the, Los Angeles Times, Book Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of ... (Goodreads)

  18. Virals

    by Kathy Reichs
    A group of friends uncover a mysterious medical secret that unlocks superhuman abilities.

    Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    by Richard Dawkins
    A detailed exploration of the evidence for evolution, and its implications for our understanding of the world.

    ***30th Anniversary Edition*** Cover note: Each copy of the anniversary edition of, The Blind Watchmaker, features a unique biomorph. No two covers are exactly alike. Acclaimed as the most ... (Goodreads)

  20. Bones Never Lie

    by Kathy Reichs
    An anthropologist solves a cold case murder, uncovering a web of secrets.

    In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered. Unexpectedly called in to the ... (Goodreads)

  21. The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

    by Jason Fung
    Exploring the biological and environmental factors behind obesity and how to manage it.

    The landmark book from, New York Times,-bestselling author Dr. Jason Fung, one of the world's leading experts on intermittent fasting for weight-loss and longevity, whose 5-step plan has helped ... (Barnes & Noble)

  22. The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

    by Sam Kean
    A fascinating exploration of the human genome, revealing the stories of the scientists and innovators who unlocked its secrets.

    From, New York Times, bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. In The Disappearing Spoon , bestselling author Sam Kean ... (Barnes & Noble)

  23. Cyteen

    by C.J. Cherryh
    A political thriller set in a future where genetic engineering is the norm. A clone's memories are used to solve her own murder.

    Ariane Emory is one of fourteen "Specials", Union-certified geniuses. In addition to her research on azi, she runs Reseune (founded by her parents) with the assistance of Giraud and Denys Nye. Emory ... (Wikipedia)

  24. Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1: Gifted

    by Joss Whedon
    A team of mutants challenge a powerful genetic engineer and fight for the survival of the mutant race.

    Dream-team creators Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer ) and John Cassaday ( Planetary , Captain America ) present the explosive flagship X-Men series - marking a return to classic greatness ... (Goodreads)

  25. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

    by Sean B. Carroll
    A fascinating exploration of the science of evolutionary development, revealing how genes shape the animal kingdom.

    For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo Evolutionary Developmental Biology is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. ... (Goodreads)

  26. Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea

    by Carl Zimmer
    A comprehensive exploration of the theory of evolution, from its origins to its modern-day applications and controversies.

    This remarkable book presents a rich and up–to–date view of evolution that explores the far–reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance, and relevance of evolution ... (Goodreads)

  27. The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

    by Richard Dawkins
    Genes extend beyond the organism's body, influencing the environment and other organisms. A new perspective on evolution and natural selection.

    People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals—known as “survival of the fittest”—with the individual representing the “unit of selection.” Richard Dawkins offers a ... (Goodreads)

  28. Beggars in Spain

    by Nancy Kress
    A world where genetic engineering allows some people to never sleep, creating a divide between the "Sleepless" and the rest of society.

    Leisha Camden, born in 2008, is the twenty-first human being to have the genemod for sleeplessness. She is the daughter of one of Yagai's most noted sponsors, financier Roger Camden, who felt he had ... (Wikipedia)

  29. The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry

    by Bryan Sykes
    Geneticist traces human ancestry through mitochondrial DNA, revealing the origins of seven women who are the ancestors of modern Europeans.

    One of the most dramatic stories of genetic discovery since James Watson's, The Double Helix,—a work whose scientific and cultural reverberations will be discussed for years to come. In 1994 ... (Goodreads)

  30. Leviathan

    by Scott Westerfeld
    A future world of warring airships and genetic engineering, explored by a teenage girl.

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, diesel-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The ... (Wikipedia)

  31. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles

    by Bruce H. Lipton
    Examines how the power of belief can affect our lives and environment.

    The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology. Author Dr. Bruce Lipton is a former medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments, and that of other ... (Goodreads)

  32. The One

    by John Marrs
    Five strangers are brought together by a mysterious genetic testing company, revealing secrets that could change the world.

    Soon to be a major TV Series! A Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018 “Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up.” — AARP “A shock on every other page.” — Wall ... (Barnes & Noble)

  33. It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

    by Mark Wolynn
    Uncover the hidden traumas passed down through generations and learn how to break the cycle of inherited pain.

    A groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations, by an acclaimed expert in the field Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive ... (Barnes & Noble)

  34. River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

    by Richard Dawkins
    Dawkins explores the theory of evolution and natural selection, examining the origins of life and the diversity of species.

    How did the replication bomb we call ”life” begin and where in the world, or rather, in the universe, is it heading? Writing with characteristic wit and an ability to clarify complex phenomena (the ... (Goodreads)

  35. Contagious

    by Scott Sigler
    A deadly virus spreads across the world, causing chaos and destruction. A group of survivors must fight to stay alive and find a cure.

    Perry Dawsey and Margaret Montoya attempt to stop an alien infestation of "hatchlings". Dawsey, former Michigan linebacker, has survived the events in Infected , but remains telepathically linked to ... (Wikipedia)

  36. Inside the O'Briens

    by Lisa Genova
    A family's battle against Huntington's Disease, discovering strength in the face of tragedy.

    Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and ... (Goodreads)

  37. The Third Twin

    by Ken Follett
    A thrilling mystery of genetic engineering, espionage, and murder.

    Jeannie Ferrami, Psy.D. , is an associate professor and criminality researcher at the fictional Jones Falls University, an Ivy League school in Baltimore, Maryland . , She studies the influence of ... (Wikipedia)

  38. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    by Matt Ridley
    Examines how evolutionary biology shapes human behavior and sexuality.

    Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass , a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for ... (Goodreads)

  39. Darwin's Radio

    by Greg Bear
    A geneticist discovers a virus that triggers rapid human evolution, leading to societal upheaval and ethical dilemmas.

    In the novel, a new form of endogenous retrovirus has emerged, SHEVA. It controls human evolution by rapidly evolving the next generation while it is in the womb, leading to speciation . The novel ... (Wikipedia)

  40. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

    by Jared Diamond
    Study of the evolution and history of the human species, exploring its relationship with other primates.

    At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, ... (Goodreads)

  41. The Bone Labyrinth

    by James Rollins
    An archaeological expedition unravels an ancient secret, igniting a global race to prevent a catastrophic event.

    A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a ... (Barnes & Noble)

  42. The Atlantis Gene

    by A.G. Riddle
    A thrilling race to decipher the code of an ancient, mysterious gene.

    The greatest mystery of all time...,the history of human origins...,will be revealed. In Antarctica, researchers discover a mysterious structure, buried in ice. In a lab in Jakarta, an autism ... (Goodreads)

  43. Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality

    by Jared Diamond
    A scientific exploration of the evolution of human sexuality, answering the question of why sex is enjoyable and how it has evolved over time.

    Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why are human females the only mammals to go through menopause? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? There is no more ... (Goodreads)

  44. The Atlantis Plague

    by A.G. Riddle
    A global pandemic unleashes an ancient virus, sparking a race to save humanity.

    A pandemic 70,000 years in the making...,will change humanity...,forever., The race to stop the Atlantis Plague has begun. Buy now and continue the worldwide bestselling series that began with The ... (Goodreads)

  45. The Adoration of Jenna Fox

    by Mary E. Pearson
    A young girl's struggle to uncover her past and find her identity amidst a future of genetic engineering.

    Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was ... (Barnes & Noble)

  46. Mirror Dance

    by Lois McMaster Bujold
    A genetically-engineered clone confronts his identity and struggles to overcome destiny.

    Mark, Miles Vorkosigan 's clone , masquerades as him and dupes his mercenary force, the Dendarii, into undertaking a mission to free clones held "prisoner" on Jackson's Whole, an anything-goes ... (Wikipedia)

  47. Variant

    by Robison Wells
    Benson Fisher is trapped in a school where students are pitted against each other in a deadly game. Can he survive and uncover the truth?

    Variant is a book that follows the character of Benson Fisher as he is sent to Maxfield Academy on a scholarship. Benson is a seventeen-year-old foster, and hasn't stayed in a family for more than ... (Wikipedia)

  48. Vector

    by Robin Cook
    A medical thriller about a young woman who becomes infected with a deadly virus and the race to find a cure before it spreads.

    A disgruntled Russian emigre is poised to lash out at the adoptive nation he believes has denied him the American dream. A former technician in the Soviet biological weapons systems, he possesses the ... (Goodreads)

  49. Mount Dragon

    by Douglas Preston
    A thrilling story of genetic engineering gone wrong, set in a remote research facility.

    Dr. Guy Carson is a young scientist and cowboy-at-heart, raised on a southwestern ranch and bored with city life. That is, until the prestigious genetic engineering corporation GeneDyne offers Carson ... (Wikipedia)

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