“DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes” by Steven J. Heine. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2017. 336 pages, $35.95. “In the second week of April 2003, our world changed forever: We sequenced the first complete human genome,” Steven J. Heine explains near the beginning of “DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes,” his new attempt to more realistically define the intricate interplay between heredity and human existence. “We now have access to information about ourselves that no previous generation has ever had: We can peer directly into our own genetic makeup. We each have a unique string of nucleotides in our cells that contributes to who we are, and since that fateful week in 2003, we are able to unravel this string and read it. It’s a 3-billion-letter autobiographical code that seemingly flows straight from the pen of God.” “DNA Is Not Destiny” is extensively researched, with 60 pages of source notes at the conclusion of the nine chapters comprising the main text. And although Heine is an academic of the first order, he seems to be one of those gifted writers who […]

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