Coming to Life:

How Genes Drive Development



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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, recipient of The Nobel Prize in Medicine, gives a concise and illustrative overview of genetics, evolution, and cellular processes as well as a discussion of current ethical issues in human biology.


CHRISTIANE NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD was awarded The Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1995 for her discoveries in genetic research that led to a greater understanding of human biology and the prevention of human birth defects. Recognized around the world as one of the premier authorities in science,

Dr. Nüsslein-Volhard has served for more than two decades as Director of Molecular Biology at the renowned Max-Planck-Institute in Germany. Her international honors include those reserved for only the upper echelons in science. Among them are the Albert Lasker Award  and the Leibniz-Prize. She has long been an advocate for students, and in particular for women, to enter into science careers.

$29.95 cloth

ISBN 978-0-9670076-7-0 / 6 ½ x 9 ½ inches

$17.95 paperback with French flaps
ISBN 978-0-9798456-0-4

55 author hand-drawn illustrations
180 pages / SCIENCE, genetics, biology

As the author leads us from laboratory research to its applications in human beings, we also come to understand why children look like their parents, how an embryonic cell knows to become an eye rather than an eyelash, and other incredible influences that result in variety in life. Complete with her own hand-drawn illustrations, Coming to Life gives a rare opportunity to understand a Nobel Prize winner’s passion for science in concise, understandable language.