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A, C, G, T, and You: How to Read a Genetic Score
1: Genes, Freaks, DNA: How Do Living Things Pass Down Traits to Their Children?
2: The Near Death of Darwin: Why Did Geneticists Try to Kill Natural Selection?
3: Them’s the DNA Breaks: How Does Nature Read—and Misread—DNA?
4: The Musical Score of DNA: What Kinds of Information Does DNA Store?

Our Animal Past: Making Things That Crawl and Frolic and Kill
5: DNA Vindication: Why Did Life Evolve So Slowly—Then Explode in Complexity?
6: The Survivors, the Livers: What’s Our Most Ancient and Important DNA?
7: The Machiavelli Microbe: How Much Human DNA Is Actually Human?
8: Love and Avatars: What Genes Make Mammals Mammals?
9: Humanzees and Near Misses: When Did Humans Break from Apes, and Why?

Genes and Geniuses: How Humans Became All Too Human
10: Scarlet A’s, C’s, G’s, and T’s: Why Did Humans Almost Go Extinct?
11: Size Matters: How Did Humans Get Such Grotesquely Large Brains?
12: The Art of the Gene: How Deep in Our DNA Is Artistic Genius?

The Oracle of DNA: Genetics in the Past, Present, and Future
13: The Past Is Prologue—Sometimes: What Can Genes Teach Us about History?
14: Three Billion Little Pieces: Why Don’t Humans Have More Genes?
15: Easy Come, Easy Go? How Come Identical Twins Aren’t Identical?
16: Life as We Do (and Don’t) Know It: What the Heck Will Happen Now?

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