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Book 97

The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our LivesThe X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives by David Bainbridge

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very accessible book about the science of genetic inheritance at least as far as it extends to the X & Y chromosomes. The first chapter is a heavy duty look into the molecular aspects of genetics and protein signaling which might be the hardest part for a non-scientist (I am a scientist so I'm guessing here on how easy a non-scientist might find it). The Duke of Kent's Testicles is a quick history lesson and a look at hemophilia and other life-sustaining genes contained on the X that are not sex-related.

I think it would be a good book for the curious and beginning genetics students to read over because it's done at an easy level and with a fair dose of humor. The one drawback isn't so much the writing but the age of it. This was printed over ten years ago and in science that might as well be a lifetime especially for that opening chapter on understanding which genes are doing what.

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