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Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome
 

Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome (Hardback)

By Carey, Nessa

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From the author of the acclaimed The Epigenetics Revolution ('A book that would have had Darwin swooning' - Guardian) comes another thrilling exploration of the cutting edge of human science.

ISBN 9781848318267
Barcode 9781848318267
Published 25 March 2015 by Icon Books Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781848318267
ISBN-10 184831826X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Publication Date 25 March 2015
International Publication Date 5 March 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Category Popular Science
DNA
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 572.86
Catalogue Code 552651

Description of this Book

From the author of the acclaimed The Epigenetics Revolution ('A book that would have had Darwin swooning' - Guardian) comes another thrilling exploration of the cutting edge of human science. For decades after the structure of DNA was identified, scientists focused purely on genes, the regions of the genome that contain codes for the production of proteins. Other regions - 98% of the human genome - were dismissed as 'junk'. But in recent years researchers have discovered that variations in this 'junk' DNA underlie many previously intractable diseases, and they can now generate new approaches to tackling them. Nessa Carey explores, for the first time for a general audience, the incredible story behind a controversy that has generated unusually vituperative public exchanges between scientists. She shows how junk DNA plays an important role in areas as diverse as genetic diseases, viral infections, sex determination in mammals, human biological complexity, disease treatments, even evolution itself - and reveals how we are only now truly unlocking its secrets, more than half a century after Crick and Watson won their Nobel prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1962.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A cutting-edge, exhaustive guide to the rapidly changing, ever-more mysterious genome' New Scientist
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Nessa Carey has a PhD in virology from the University of Edinburgh and worked in the biotech and pharma industry for thirteen years. She is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. Her previous book, The Epigenetics Revolution, was published by Icon Books in 2011. and described as a 'book that would have had Darwin swooning - anyone seriously interested in who we are and how we function should read this.'

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