Welcome to our stop on the tour for PLEASED TO MEET ME: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan. Thank you to Trish at TLC Book Tours for including us and sending the free review copy. I took this book on vacation and kept reading sections to my husband!
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: National Geographic (August 6, 2019)
This book was both fascinating, entertaining and the chapters made it easy to follow. The author uses science to suggest that our moods, beliefs, tastes, addictions and more – are traits that come from things we can’t control – our genes, DNA and our early environment.
I laughed out loud more than once as the author described gene therapy “as easy as a Matchbox Twenty guitar solo…” and comparing religion to duct tape “despite the monumental discoveries driven by science, some people still really love the duct tape.”
It’s interesting that people still think alcoholics are weak people who can’t stop at one drink when actually studies have shown that your genes/DNA definitely have an impact on how much alcohol you can have and how it will affect you. They mapped Ozzy Osbourne’s DNA to find out what kind of “death defying” genes he must have to survive his crazy lifestyle! Turns out he is indeed a genetic mutant.
There’s also a gene variation called the “warrior” gene and it’s been linked to agressive behavior and a predisposition to violence. But one gene is like looking at one puzzle piece – you can’t tell what the whole picture will look like.
Human nature is something everyone is curious about and this book takes a closer look at our DNA and how it impacts our choices and who we are. I would recommend this nonfiction title to someone who enjoys science and learning.
About the Book
Why are you attracted to a certain “type?” Why are you a morning person? Why do you vote the way you do? From a witty new voice in popular science comes a clever, life-changing look at what makes you you.
“I can’t believe I just said that.” “What possessed me to do that?” “What’s wrong with me?” We’re constantly seeking answers to these fundamental human questions, and now, science has the answers. The foods we enjoy, the people we love, the emotions we feel, and the beliefs we hold can all be traced back to our DNA, germs, and environment. This witty, colloquial book is popular science at its best, describing in everyday language how genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology work together to influence our personality and actions. Mixing cutting-edge research and relatable humor, Pleased to Meet Me is filled with fascinating insights that shine a light on who we really are–and how we might become our best selves.
About the Author
BILL SULLIVAN is a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies infectious disease and genetics. An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of outlets, including CNN, Scientific American, Cosmos magazines, PLOS SciComm, The Naked Scientists, and The Scientist.
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