You might never think about your genes and their effects on your past, present and future. Your biological inheritance could be life-saving gifts from your ancestors or even a curse. Carl Zimmer takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through the world of genes that is steeped richly in history and wonder. My mother is my “crystal ball” – whatever medical calamities befall her eventually happen to me. For this reason, I avoided books on genetics, until this title caught my eye. I knew it would help me cope with and even appreciate this topic but I never expected it to bring amusement and joy.