Table of Contents for Violinist's Thumb : And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written by Our Genetic Code


Introduction 11(14)
Part I 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?
25(28)
2 The Near Death of Darwin: Why Did Geneticists Try to Kill Natural Selection?
53(36)
3 Them's the DNA Breaks: How Does Nature Read --- and Misread --- DNA?
89(27)
4 The Musical Score of DNA: What Kinds of Information Does DNA Store?
116(35)
Part II Our Animal Past: Making Things That Crawl and Frolic and Kill
5 DNA Vindication: Why Did Life Evolve So Slowly --- Then Explode in Complexity?
151(36)
6 The Survivors, the Livers: What's Our Most Ancient and Important DNA?
187(31)
7 The Machiavelli Microbe: How Much Human DNA Is Actually Human?
218(30)
8 Love and Atavisms: What Genes Make Mammals Mammals?
248(32)
9 Humanzees and Other Near Misses: When Did Humans Break Away from Monkeys, and Why?
280(37)
Part III 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?
317(35)
11 Size Matters: How Did Humans Get Such Grotesquely Large Brains?
352(29)
12 The Art of the Gene: How Deep in Our DNA Is Artistic Genius?
381(40)
Part IV The Oracle of DNA: Genetics in the Past, Present, and Future
13 The Past Is Prologue --- Sometimes: What Can (and Can't) Genes Teach Us About Historical Heroes?
421(35)
14 Three Billion Little Pieces: Why Don't Humans Have More Genes Than Other Species?
456(32)
15 Easy Come, Easy Go? How Come Identical Twins Aren't Identical?
488(34)
16 Life as We Do (and Don't) Know It: What the Heck Will Happen Now?
522(29)
Epilogue: Genomics Gets Personal 551(6)
Acknowledgments 557(2)
Notes And Errata 559(52)
Selected Bibliography 611