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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 (Paperback)

By Carey, Nessa

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Cutting-edge popular science from the author of the brilliant The Epigenetics Revolution.

ISBN 9781848319158
Barcode 9781848319158
Published 4 January 2016 by Icon Books Ltd
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781848319158
ISBN-10 1848319150
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Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Publication Date 4 January 2016
International Publication Date 3 September 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Category Popular Science
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 572.86
Catalogue Code 576654

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 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.

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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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