Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem

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2 Responses to “Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem”

  1. K. Davis Says:

    Well done, Alyssa!

  2. Alyssa M.E. Says:

    Summary: “Survival of the Sickest” is a book that talks about body issues like Hemochromatosis, obesity, schizophrenia, and other diseases, as well as bacteria and deficiencies. A later chapter is about epigenetics, this is the study of how traits of parents, and previous family generations can pass to their children but not the way evolution works through genetic instruction. The big idea of this book is looking deeper into diseases that harm us now, but in the past had benefits towards the survival of humanity. It is explained in depth how a living creatures goal in life, whether they know it or not, is to survive and reproduce. This book, tying into the idea of why we get certain diseases also discusses how important our relationships with viruses and bacteria is, to the evolution of our past, present, and future.

    Evaluation: “Survival of the Sickest” is a very interesting book. I was always ready to read the next chapter because along with the information, there were always exciting stories and/or studies about each of these diseases, deficiencies, and viruses. This way of explaining these topics helped create a better understanding of each one in an attention capturing way. “Survival of the Sickest” would be a great book choice for anyone who is interested in learning about why we are the way we are, and how much microscopic organisms have contributed to our evolution.

    Rating: 5 stars

    Recommendations: “A Planet of Viruses” by Carl Zimmer and “The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery” by D.T. Max

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