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Combine the counterintuitive nature of Freakonomics with the fascinating medical tales of Oliver Sacks or Jerome Groopman and you’ll have Inheritance—the new book by award-winning geneticist and New York Times bestselling author Sharon Moalem that reveals how genetic breakthroughs are transforming our understanding of the world … and ourselves.

Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. But Inheritance shows us that the human genome is actually far more fluid, fascinating, and relevant then your ninth-grade high school biology teacher would have you believe. In this gene journey filled with authoritative, cutting-edge science based on immaculate research by one of the world’s leading authoritative voices on human genetics and health, Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, we chart a riveting course destined to shatter all of our presuppositions about the fundamental nature of our genes.

Moalem deftly brings readers to the bedside table of some of his most complicated genetic patients, and it is through these cases that we learn: 

  • how a trauma can be genetically passed down through generations
  • at what point during pregnancy shifted genes are passed along 
  • why a change in diet could alter genes and slow the aging process 
  • why some people are genetically born to be warriors and others worriers 
  • how insurance companies can use your genetic data to predict your (and therefore your childrens’) medical future, which can then impact the coverage decisions they make for you and your entire family, and so much more

Turning the nature/nurture debate completely on its head, Inheritance will dazzle readers as they learn how to apply this compendium of groundbreaking genetic research into their daily lives and take control of their genetic destiny in a way that their parents could only have dreamed of.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Inheritance, Sharon Moalem peels away at the complex discussion of nature and nurture by looking at how unique cases inform the fundamental system of genes, environments, and experiences—teaching us how our dynamic identities come into being.”

    Dan Ariely, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational

  • “Dr. Moalem tells fascinating stories so you will easily understand the complexities of modern genetic science.”

    Temple Grandin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures

  • “Dr. Moalem is an eloquent guide through the astonishing new world of genetic discovery—with all its implications for both personal health and public policy. If you’ve wondered about the impact of genetics on your life, read this book!”

    Kinney Zalesne, New York Times bestselling author of Microtrends: The Small Forces behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes

  • “In his new book, Moalem describes riveting dramas emerging from both defective genes and reparative epigenetics…Fascinating.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A compendium of facts and case studies on genes…[Moalem] has a lot of solid information to convey and a stylish way of telling it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This book is a thought-provoking and most enlightening journey into the very essence of who we are. Dr. Moalem’s writing style is clear and uses great examples to help us appreciate our genetic selves. In Inheritance we have a new understanding that we are not at all destined to any particular future or outcome encoded within our DNA. Indeed, the whole notion that life’s events, trivial and non-trivial, shape who we are has profound consequences for how we live and, in fields like biotechnology, how this learning can help us better to diagnose, treat, and cure—and to extend and enhance human life.”

    John F. Crowley, chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, author of Chasing Miracles: The Crowley Family Journey of Strength, Hope, and Joy

  • “Many people will enjoy reading this easy-to-read book on a very complex, real, and highly personal subject. It will remove mysteries and create others. It will give the lay reader a sense of the rapidly growing understanding of this field. I highly recommend it to everyone.”

    Henri A. Termeer, former CEO and president of Genzyme Corp.

  • “We have long thought that the genetic code we were born with was the genetic code we were stuck with. No longer. Dr. Moalem explains how the genetics that determine whether we get sick or stay healthy can change during the course of our lifetime, and we how can exert some control over these changes. In this exceedingly engaging and highly informative book, Dr. Moalem uses engrossing stories to make complicated genetics easily comprehensible to people without backgrounds in the biological sciences. Reading this book could literally affect generations to come.”

    J. Russell Teagarden, PhD, senior vice president, Medical and Scientific Affairs, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

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About the Narrator

Dr. Sharon Moalem is an award-winning neurogeneticist and evolutionary biologist, with a PhD in human physiology. His work brings evolution, genetics, biology, and medicine together to explain how the body works in new and fascinating ways. As a college student, he was given as a gift to the King of Thailand to work in an orphanage for HIV positive children. Since then, Dr. Moalem went on to cofound a biotech company and develop an antimicrobial drug designed to address the growing problem of superbug infections. His research in neurogenetics led to the discovery of new genetic associations for familial Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Moalem and his work have been featured on CNN, in The New York Times, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today show, and Bloomberg Night Talk, and in magazines such as New Scientist, Elle, and Martha Stewart's Body + Soul. Dr. Moalem's first book was the the New York Times bestseller Survival of the Sickest.