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The Things We Inherit

The Things We Inherit
16 Jun
8:23

Carl Zimmer understandably became more interested in his genetic make-up when he was starting a family and wondered about the traits he might pass on to his children. On this week’s podcast, Zimmer talks about his latest book, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.”

In ancient times, heredity applied to assets — to the material goods that were passed on from one generation to the next. “The idea that there were these invisible biological things that somehow were bequeathed from one generation to the next just didn’t really enter into it,” Zimmer says.

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While researching his book, Zimmer had his own genome sequenced, something that comes out looking “like a horrible, horrible spreadsheet.”

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Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/books/review/carl-zimmer-she-has-her-mothers-laugh-interview.html

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