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The Gene: An Intimate History

Mukherjee Readings LEAD

Race and identity, sexuality, temperament, and even free will. Siddhartha Mukherjee tackles these themes in his newest book The Gene: An Intimate History, weaving the pattern of schizophrenia in his own family with larger threads of science and social history. The author of the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center, Mukherjee visits Zócalo to discuss his fascinating journey into the farthest reaches of the fundamental unit …

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