Carl Zimmer, The New York Times

Carl Zimmer
Carl Zimmer.

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for The New York Times and the author of 13 books about science, including She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. He began his journalism career at Discover, and went on to write for magazines including National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Scientific American. Zimmer is a winner of the Stephen Jay Gould Prize and the National Academics Communication Award. He is professor adjunct at Yale University, where he has taught science writing to undergraduates and graduate students since 2008.

Abstract: Heredity holds a powerful, intimate sway over our lives. We use it to define ourselves, and to link ourselves to the past and the future. Today, tens of millions of people are getting their DNA tested and CRISPR allows us to tinker with genes in embryos. These advances are changing how we think about heredity – while also reinforcing old notions and prejudices.