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Getting Into Our Genes

Simon & Schuster

We know a whole lot about the way genes work, but we still get into debates about nature vs nurture. 

How much DO our genes determine the kinds of people we are? 

We will doubtless find out more over time, but we're already at a point when we can not only "read" genes, but "write" them as well.  Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee ("The Emperor of All Maladies") recounts the journey so far in his book The Gene: An Intimate History.Dr. Mukherjee visits with highlights of his surveying of the landscape.  


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.