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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Moalem, Sharon Moalem MD, Jonathan Prince Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061230257
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How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on—or off?

Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria.

Survival of the Sickest is filled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth—and, especially, what that means for us.

Read it. You're already living it.

Read by Eric Conger

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Using evolution as a lens, Dr. Moalem refocuses us from the ‘whats’ to the ‘whys’ that will challenge everything [we] thought [we] knew about disease. Fascinating!”

    Dr. Mehmet Oz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fascinating, enlightening, and reader friendly…This is one not-to-be-missed fantastic journey across the evolutionary landscape of humankind.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • CSI meets Freakonomics meets Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

    Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

  • “Narrator Eric Conger’s brisk pace keeps the facts coming and the interest level high, but he never sounds hurried or mumbles a word. He doesn’t break his rhythm with annoying pauses for quoted material or struggle with the plethora of scientific terms. The combination of an excellent reader and well-informed writers provides information that brings the inquisitive mind up to date on genetics that apply to our everyday lives.”


  • “History does not always receive a great deal of attention in the scientific disciplines, yet this book shows us exactly why it shouldn’t be ignored…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

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    " excellent primer for genes variability under the external selection pressure "

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