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Germs, Genes, and Bacteria: How They Influence Modern Life (Collection) by Joyce A. Schoemaker, Paul J. H. Schoemaker, Anne Maczulak, Greg Gibson, David Clark

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Preface: How a genetic culture clash with modern life is making us sick

We humans, I am sure I have little need to convince you, are an extraordinary species. Whether you regard us as the pinnacle of Creation or the latest exemplar of the evolutionary process, our genes endow us with a certain uniqueness. We are capable of great athleticism, artistic genius, bravery, brilliance, creativity, and conscious reflection. No other species has our linguistic dexterity, or the reasoning skills that have led us in a few short millennia to dominate the planet. Yet for all this wonder, we are also astonishingly genetically vulnerable. More than half of us will die of a complex disease whose origins can be traced to genetic susceptibilities that place us ...

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