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The Violinist's Thumb

Did the human race almost go extinct? Can genetics explain a crazy cat
lady’s love for felines? How does DNA lead to people with no
fingerprints, or humans born with tails? And how did the right
combination of genes create the exceptionally flexible thumbs and
fingers of a truly singular violinist? Unraveling the genetic code
hasn’t always been easy—from its earliest days, genetics has been rife
with infighting, backstabbing, and controversial theories—but
scientists can now finally read the astounding stories buried in our

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Sam Kean, writer, independent

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