According to the field of epigenetics, the interaction of genes and the environment, 'you are what you eat' can now be expanded to 'you are what you eat as well as where and how you live and the stresses you face'. In the face of this new knowledge that it is possible to change our genes, physician Dr Sharon Moalem outlines how it all comes together.
From individualised chemotherapy to how much fruit you can consume, this fascinating and immensely readable book confirms that with our genes calling the shots, there are many implications with respect to our ability to affect our individual genetic make-up and that of generations to come.
Generated great discussions. Would like an update.
Interesting but we found the style a bit cyclical and arduous. Most people found it didn't draw them in, and so didn't get very far with it. Nevertheless, the author was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about his topic.
A fascinating read, some found it a challenge and others enjoyed it but all agreed that it was well-written and easy to absorb.
A very technical book but we enjoyed a long discussion.
Fascinating and easy to read. Relatable to all and relevant in times of a pandemic.
We hesitated at first, but once we began this book found it fascinating. Not too technical in the explanations!
This book had a mixed reception. However it provided a very lively discussion.
Our group found this book fascinating. Complicated science written in an easy to understand way.
Enthusiastic writer who clearly communicates the science. Highly accessible and interesting without being boring. Reading notes provided very good guidance to reading.
Empowered by this book - thanks for including it.
Several of our members found this book too challenging, but those that read it (the majority of the group) rated it very highly. 4 people gave it a 5. They found the information highly accessible and enjoyable, and felt that the author made it easy to understand a complex subject. Great discussion!
Those who read the whole book found it most interesting. Some chose to read only parts of the book as it wasn't "their cup of tea". We had an interesting discussion on various topics members could identify with.
Some found the book difficult to read, but everyone found it fascinating which led to much thought-provoking discussion.
Fascinating book which produced one of the best (and lengthiest) discussions we have ever had over a book. We'd like to promote it as one of our must-reads of 2017.The style helped enormously. It was down to earth and made a complex subject easy to understand. It was also uniquely personal for a scientific book.
This book kept us talking for quite some time. A highly rated read although the writer tended to get side tracked at times which was a little frustrating. A fascinating topic.
Everyone enjoyed this book and it seems that all had an interest in genetics. 2 members have ordered a copy for their families, and others expressed a desire to do the same. We found the ancestral, medical and ethical situations very thought-provoking.
90% of our group finished and enjoyed reading this book and we had one of the most interesting and far-ranging discussions ever. Everyone participated including the member who didn't finish it - and the evening was a very lively one. Epigenetics is a most interesting branch of genetics and no-one was aware of its significance in family dynamics. The discussion booklet was excellent as were the questions. We would recommend it.
'Inheritance' is a well written book which explained the complexities of epigenetics in a clear and interesting way. Our book group thought that this is one that we would definitely recommend to other groups.