Did the human race almost go extinct? Can genetics explain a crazy cat lady’s love for felines? And how did the right combination of genes create the exceptionally flexible thumbs and fingers of a truly singular violinist? Sam Kean, author of The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code, will discuss these and other questions Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ivy Bookshop.
Unraveling the genetic code hasn’t always been easy: from its earliest days, genetics has been rife wtih infighting, backstabbing and controversial theories. But as we make advances into DNA mapping and modification, genetics will continue to be the hottest topic in science, shaping the very makeup of our bodies and the world around us.
With the same masterly combination of science, history and culture he brought to The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean untangles the secrets of our genetic code, explaining how genetics has shaped our past and how DNA will determine humankind’s future.
Meet Same Kean at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road at 6:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored with the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University.