In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean?

June 4, 2018

(The New York Times) – Parents will relate to this. We invest as much care in our young ones as we possibly can, but many of us also pass along to them the black box of our genomes. We usually have little understanding and virtually no control over that inheritance. As Zimmer’s healthy daughters grew up, his thoughts moved from their specific genetic legacies to a broader wonder about heredity itself and how we understand it. In his extraordinary new book, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” Zimmer (who writes the Matter column for The New York Times) uses history to offer a rigorous introduction to the basic principles of genetics, and molecular and developmental biology.

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