Mapping Humanity: How Modern Genetics is Changing Criminal Justice, Personalized Medicine, and our Identities

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To fully appreciate Mapping Humanity, one must invest time and substantial concentration. The book promotes advanced science accompanied by “everyone” analogies in an attempt to simplify complexity.

Some 20,000 genes make up the genome of the human body. From this starting point, Joshua Rappoport explores the intricacies of science, showing how the distribution of genes impacts genealogy, criminology, health, and other areas. The book is a challenge, gathering, organizing, and sharing information beyond popular knowledge.

The author’s technique of relating what is easily recognized to advanced science concepts is not wholly satisfactory. The gulf between beginners and those with an advanced scientific background is too deep to reconcile.

The book is exciting but demanding, the details not readily absorbed. Without at least two years of college, most of the pages present a challenge. But the challenge is worthwhile for those eager to learn and to become familiar with significant information concerning different specializations.

Terms and acronyms such as aneuploidy, GWAS (genome-wide association studies), and CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) do not make for leisurely reading. But then, that is likely not the author’s intent. Instead, he offers a well-considered opportunity to become more familiar with the concept of mapping humanity.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 323 pages
Publish Date 2020-07-07
ISBN 9781950665082 Buy this Book
Issue July 2020
Category Science & Nature


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