Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is as advertised, a book focused exclusively on one gene and how it relates to cancer. The author goes into great detail of how the gene was discovered and how it was originally misdiagnosed as a gene which causes cancer before its true nature was discovered.
Of particular interests was the chapter, “The Smoking Gun” which discussed the discovery of how smoking caused a mutation at a specific location in this gene. It is this mutation which make people susceptible to cancer and this discovery which eventual led the cigarette companies to admit the truth.
This was a particularly quick read. I would have preferred if the book strayed beyond the P53 gene and discuss more of the other genes related to cancer. Although well written, I am not sure there was enough information about just this one gene for an entire book. When reading the book and following through the scientific discoveries, the author would at times bring up a new scientist/researcher which she would then introduce in the book. She went into significant detail not only about the researcher’s life, but also about her interview with the researcher. She would discuss details about his house, expression property, etc. (almost like filler material). I found this to be more of a distraction and after reading this, I needed to go pack a few pages to remember what the topic of research was being discussed.
Despite this one critique, I found this book to be very good and would recommend it to anyone interested in cancer research.
- Capa dura: 288 páginas
- Editora: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Edição: 1 (24 de fevereiro de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1472910516
- ISBN-13: 978-1472910516
- Dimensões do produto: 14,1 x 2,8 x 22,1 cm
- Peso de envio: 440 g
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