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Author: Jonathan Prince, Louis V. Gerstner, Sharon Moalem Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: HarperCollins Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download 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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  • “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.”

    - AudioFile
  • “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 "

    - lev, 10/22/2016

About the Author

Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, is an award-winning physician, scientist, inventor, and New York Times bestselling author. He has been awarded over twenty patents worldwide for his inventions in the field of biotechnology and human health. His scientific work led to the discovery of Siderocillin, the first in a novel class of antibiotic compounds directed against multidrug-resistant microorganisms or “superbugs.” Dr. Moalem has also cofounded two biotechnology companies and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters.