DNA Is not Destiny by Steven J. Heine (237)

This is a brand new book that I found in my local library on the new book’s shelf.  I am SO glad that I read it!

So many of us believe that if we have parents who are prone to certain illnesses that we will automatically be prone to them as well.

However, this is not the case at all according to the author!

Scientists expect that one billion people will have their genomes sequenced by 2025 and as the price drops it may even become a standard medical procedure.

Yet Steven Heine argues that the first thing we’ll do upon receiving our DNA test results is misinterpret them completely. We’ve become accustomed to breathless media coverage about newly discovered cancer, IQ or infidelity genes, each one promising a deeper understanding of what makes us tick.

However, as Heine shows, most of these claims are oversimplified and overhyped misinterpretations of how our DNA really works.

With few exceptions, I tis a complex combination of experience, environment, and genetics that determines who we are, how we behave, and what diseases will afflict us in the future.

So, why do we keep believing that our genes control our destiny?

The answer Heine believes is because we are ill-equipped to deal with DNA results psychologically. So, we turn to biased thinking which yield all the negative results that we would expect.

This is a wonderful exploration of our DNA and about the surprising conclusions about the limits of genetic engineering and DNA testing.

This book is a must read for all of us who wonder if we will experience the same illnesses as our parents. The answers will surprise you.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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