The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey – review

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 17:00 in Paleontology & Archaeology

A book that would have had Darwin swooningTime was when scientific revolutions – the discoveries of Newton, Faraday, Darwin, Einstein, Watson and Crick – reverberated around the globe. But although we are living through the greatest discoveries about the processes of life generally, and human beings in particular, the new findings hardly rate a blip on the collective consciousness. In March 2010 Oliver Burkeman wrote for this paper on the subject of epigenetics. The article was provocatively titled: "Why everything you've been told about evolution is wrong." It isn't, but I confidently predicted to anyone within earshot that this would finally set tongues wagging.I was wrong – there was not a flicker of public interest. Discoveries that Darwin would have swooned over apparently leave a modern audience cold. But this book, subtitled: "How modern biology is rewriting our understanding of genetics, disease and inheritance", is an attempt to put matters...

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