Mutants : On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body Paperback
Full of fascinating and bizarre cases of genetic mutation and irregularity, `Mutants' is an amazing exploration of the human form in all its beautiful and unique guises.Why are most of us born with one nose, two legs, ten fingers and twenty-four ribs - and some of us not?
Why do most of us stop growing in our teens - while others just keep going?
Why do some us have heads of red hair - and others no hair at all?
The human genome, we are told, makes us what we are.
But how?Armand Marie Leroi takes us to the extremes of human mutation - from the grotesque to the beautiful, and often both at the same time - to explain how we become what we are.
Through the tales of long-lived Croatian dwarves, ostrich-footed Wadoma tribesmen, sex-changing French convent girls, and many more wonders of human development, Leroi has written a brilliant narrative account of our genetic grammar and people whose bodies have revealed it.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages, 50 b/w illus, Index
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 03/05/2005
- Category: Genetics (non-medical)
- ISBN: 9780006531647